Last week I posted about my mother’s truncal lymphedema and the ignorant plastic surgeon who told her it was just excess fat. Since then I’ve come to her house for Thanksgiving and seen for myself the issues she’s having and her new therapy: Kinesio Taping.
Last Wednesday her Lymphedema Physical Therapist applied two strips of Kinesio Tex Tape to her trunk. One was placed upward on her rib cage under her arm, the other in an upward diagonal from her spine across her shoulder blade. The tape is black and roughly two inches thick. It is cut into strips like fingers in various lengths depending on the area.
She lost one pound of fluid weight overnight. As of last night when the tape came off she had lost a total of 4 pounds. This morning she is puffy with lymph fluid again and up a pound. I’d say the Kinesio Tape is working for her!
It is applied on the skin in such a way as to simulate massage with regular movements which improves muscle reaction, increases blood and lymph flow and reduces the pain associated with swelling. Huzzah! Unfortunately, it needs to be applied by a professional who knows what they’re doing. My mom, however, will be asking to have my sister instructed on proper placement…