Kinesiology Taping for the Canine The Basics: Part 2
Kinesiology Taping for the Canine
The Basics - Part Two
Matt Brunke, DVM, CCRP, CVPP, CVA
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitationp.1
- Animals don’t understand that they are supposed to “feel” better after a human has treated them.
- Any visible response is therefore a “true” indication of what the tape does.
- Hawthorne Effect- individuals modify or improve an aspect of themselves in response to their awareness of being observed – not applicable to animalsp.2
STRUCTURE & FUNCTION
4. Facilitate Movementp.4
1. Over open wounds
2. Over cancer?p.5
- It is important to note that some dogs may behaviorally react to the tape, just as they would to anything else (e-collar, bandage).
- Always position yourself in a safe place in relation to the dog when applying Rocktape Canine.
- It is recommended that you have another person with you when taping a dog/cat.p.6
Patient selection will be key
1. Potential for foreign body
2. Non-toxic, but obstruction?
3. Hospital setting?
5. Don’t overstretch the tapep.7
Applying for pain mitigation
3 step program:
1) Stretch the body part (If possible)
2) Stabilization tape
3) Decompression tapep.8
Stretch the body part
Apply maximum pain free stretch to the area being tapedp.9
Typically longitudinal application:
- Apply along the line of the muscle/joint, extending 2-4” above and below the sore spot
- Approximately 30% stretch in tape
- No stretch on the endsp.10
Typically transverse application
– “X” marks the spot
– Position this piece over area of most sore/tight
- Can use up to 50% stretch of tape
- No stretch on the endsp.11
Goal: To reduce inflammation from affected area as quickly as possible, enabling faster recovery and return to function.
Consider using for:
- Acute traumatic swelling
- Sub-acute/chronic swellingp.12
1 week post op TPLOp.14
Sticks in the Waterp.18
Even on cats!p.19
- Matt Brunke, DVM, CCRP, CVPP, CVA Diplomate, ACVSMR