Sufferers of chronic pain well know the frustration of treatments involving endless rounds of drugs or expensive physical therapy--that may or may not offer relief. In Acupressure Taping, authors Hecker and Liebchen present a comprehensive guide to a new method of pain treatment--acutaping--which offers a much simpler and more effective alternative. In acutaping, elastic tape is placed over the afflicted area in accordance with related acupuncture points. During the course of normal movement throughout the day, the elastic tape provides a gentle but consistent massage to the inflamed area. Because the skin adheres to the tape, it is shifted against the subtissue during motion, causing lymph tissue to drain and connective tissue to be massaged. The authors show that most bodily dysfunctions can be self-treated through this innovative method. Combining elements of Chinese medicine with osteopathy, acutaping produces a method of treatment for ailments ranging from back pain and tennis elbow to menstrual pain and migraines. Acutaping is an easy and effective treatment--without side effects--that offers welcome relief to sufferers of chronic pain.
Hans-Ulrich Hecker, M.D., is an internationally known expert in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. He is a lecturer in naturopathy and acupuncture at the University of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany and the author of numerous books translated into many languages. Kay Liebchen, M.D., is an orthopedist who specializes in pain therapy, acupuncture, and acutaping. He teaches chirotherapy at the Dr. Karl Sell Medical Seminar and is the coauthor of numerous textbooks. The authors live in Germany.
Introduction PART 1: WHAT IS ACUTAPING? Acutaping: A New Therapeutic Method The Foundation: Kinesio-Taping What Is the Basis of Acutaping? The Influence of Chinese Medicine The Influence of Acupuncture The Influence of Manual Medicine and Osteopathy How Does Acutaping Work? Examples of Acutaping Therapy Who Can Benefit from Acutaping? Various Indications for the Effective Use of Acutaping Against What Sort of Pain Is Acutaping Effective? Acutaping in Sports Medicine When Not to Use Acutaping Complex or Structural Disorders Other Factors Pertaining to a Disorder When Acutaping Is Not Advised Acutape: Information and Tips Description of the Acutape Some Practical Tips Acutape Colors What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated? Duration of Therapy How To Prevent Failure A Sightseeing Tour around the Human Body Head, Chest, Abdominal, and Pelvic Regions The Arms The Legs PART 2: HOW TO USE ACUTAPE 1. Finger and Forearm Extensor Tape 2. Finger and Forearm Flexor Tape 3. Thumb Saddle Joint Tape 4. Elbow Joint Extensor Tape 5. Elbow Joint Flexor Tape 6. Pectoral Muscle Tape 7. Trapezius Muscle Tape 8. Levator Scapula Muscle Tape 9. Rotator Cuff Muscle Tape 10. Levator Costarum (or Scalenus) Muscle Tape 11. Rhomboid Muscle Tape 12. Cervical Spine Tape 13. Cervical Spine Lymph Tape 14. Thoracic Spine Tape 15. Lumbar Spine Tape 16. Lumbar Spine Star Tape 17. Sacroiliac Joint Tape 18. Abdominal Muscle Tape (Rectus Abdominus) 19. Abdominal Muscle Tape (Oblique Muscles) 20. Pelvic Bone Muscle Tape 21. Hip And Loin Flexor (Iliopsoas) Muscle Tape 22. Knee Tape 23. Combination Tape 24. Knee Flexor Tape 25. Achilles Tendon and Ankle Joint Tape Appendix: Ailments From A to Z Afterword Sources of Acutape Index