How To Tape: Thumb

posted May 29, 2012, 3:31 PM by LASP Team
This is the forth video in our "How to Tape" series. Previous videos can be found on our YouTube channel.
This taping technique is used to support the thumb. This can help during return to sport following an injury.
This taping technique should only be used after consultation with your Physiotherapist and will not help all thumb injuries.
We stock a large range of taping supplies at competitive price at both Lifestyle and Sports Physiotherapy clinics.
Taping Principles:
  • Remove any hair, preferably the day before
  • Clean skin thoroughly, using an alcohol wipe (or similar) to allow firm adhesion of the tape
  • Avoid creases or folds in the tape. These can create pressure points or blisters.
  • Avoid applying taping over edges of bones or promiment tendons. This may cause tape to cut in.

Skin Irritation can be caused by:

  • Tape being too tight
  • Rough removal of tape
  • Leaving tape on the skin for too long
  • Allergic Reaction to the adhesive in the tape

Avoid Skin Irritation by:

  • Good skin preparation and taping techniques
  • Use skin preparation sprays
  • Trial different brands of tape
  • Use hypoallergenic underwrap to avoid allergic reactions
Position yourself:
  • Avoid awkard positions. Look after your back.
  • Have all equipment (tape and scissors) located close to you.
If you would like to speak to a Physiotherapist about your thumb or hand injury, or to have your thumb injury assessed, please call us on (02) 4647 3373.