How to tape a painful hip

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Are you looking for a quick and easy way to address different pain points on your hip? With the star taping method, four tapes are placed on top of each other in a star shape, directly over the point of pain. By lifting the skin and creating maximum space in the center of the tape, relief is provided to the painful spot. This stimulates all skin receptors in the area, leading to improved circulation and decreased pain. Depending on the area of application, you can use tapes of normal (5 cm) or half-width (2.5 cm). It’s important to note that this technique intentionally creates wrinkles in the tape. Therefore, maintaining the correct stretching direction of the tape is crucial. Ensure that the first strip of tape always runs over the problem area or the structure causing the discomfort you’re addressing.
Christina peter

Christina’s advice when taping your hip

When taping your hip, it’s crucial to choose a tape that provides strong adhesion and support. That’s why I recommend CureTape kinesiology tape. For regular use, CureTape Classic or Art is ideal. However, if you’re engaging in extreme sports or swimming, opt for the extra sticky CureTape Sports variant!

Christina Peter, Sports Physiotherapist and Tape Instructor for CureTape since 2003

How to tape a painful hip

Tips for Effective Hip Taping:

  • Make sure you understand what’s causing the pain or discomfort
  • Check if there are any reasons why taping might not be a good idea.
  • Before you start, read the instructions carefully.
  • Choose a tape colour or print that suits your style!
  • Round of all the edges to prevent peeling.
  • Avoid stretching the tape at the beginning and end.
  • Rub the tape firmly for better adhesion; warmth helps activate the adhesive.
  • You can shower or swim with the tape on; just pat it dry gently afterward, avoiding vigorous rubbing.
  • To remove the tape easily, use body or massage oil.



Number of strips: 4.
Technique: ligament technique (maximum/full stretch).

Measuring and cutting the tape

Step 1:

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  1. Sit in such a way that you can easily treat the point of pain. If the pain point is in the back, you should ask someone for help.
  2. Measure the desired length of the tape and cut the tape approx. 5 cm shorter than what you measured. The tape automatically lengthens due to the maximum stretch that you will use on the middle part.


Applying the tape

Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Step 3:

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Step 4:

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Step 5:

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  1. Bring the pain point into a stretched starting position.
  2. Tear the release paper from the first tape in the middle, and fold the paper to the right and left. Then bring the middle section to maximum stretch by pulling the tape apart.
  3. Now carefully place the first strip of tape, with maximum stretch, on the point of pain, gently press the tape and then apply the two anchor ends without stretching. Rub the tape well so that it adheres better.
  4. Apply the second tape in the same way, at right angles over the first tape to form a cross.
  5. Place tape number three and four diagonally across the center of the first two tapes.

Learn how to tape

Want to learn how to apply tape yourself*? We have created the ultimate guide for that! This helpful guide contains:

  • 30 taping instructions for common injuries that taping can help you with
  • 176 pages of clear written instructions
  • 200 step-by-step instructions accompanied by photo’s, illustrations and scannable video’s through QR codes

What are you waiting for? Order your copy today!

*This book is intended for people who want to tape an injury or complaint themselves. If uncertain about the complaint, consult a physiotherapist.

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Please note that the indicated tape applications and information on our website about the possibilities with kinesiology tape have not yet been scientifically proven. The statements and examples mentioned are based on long-term experiences of patients and trained therapists.

Contraindications not to tape: pregnancy, open wounds, broken bones, unexplained complaints, allergies and skin diseases, use of medication such as blood thinners, thrombosis and fever. Always apply tape in consultation with a specialist.