Lumbar Taping For Postural Awareness | Modern Manual Therapy Blog

Lumbar Taping For Postural Awareness

Is your lumbar patient only partially compliant with postural correction/derangement reduction exercises? Here is a simple, yet effective method to improve postural awareness of the lumbar spine with taping.



Patient:

  • prone on elbows to increase lumbar lordosis
  • alternatively may sit or stand with slightly increased lumbar lordosis
  • both positions are because the tape may slightly slip on the skin eventually
  • may have to clean the skin/shave to prep!
Technique:
  • start around the postero-lateral border of the 12th rib and tape diagonally (medially and inferiorly) to the postero-lateral iliac crest on the contralateral side
  • half-overlay another piece of tape on the first and pull slightly tighter
  • repeat on the other side to make an "x"
  • finish the "x" on each side with a superior to inferior pieces of tape, also half overlaid
  • rub your hands over each tape application to slightly warm the glue
Instruction
  • slightly slouch/round forward to feel the tape feedback
  • no "hulking-out" which will prematurely stretch the tape
  • be sure to ask if they are allergic to adhesive (first)
  • leave it on for 3-4 days max before re-taping, re-tape 1 more time at most before trying something else
A lumbar roll can be used with this technique and the tape should only slack. Like my previous post for scapular postural awareness, I recommend using Kendall Wet-Pruf tape as it's waterproof, and easy to tear. 

Hope it helps! As if your non-compliant patients disliked you enough! Give them another reason, they'll thank you in the end!


3 comments:

  1. simple and easy technique that's very effective. I've used it many times and it's great for educating patients on postures to avoid

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  2. Awesome. I will have to give this a try.

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  3. Let me know how it works out! Trying it on yourself or a patient?

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