How to tape your thigh

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Looking for a simple solution to address various pain points on your thigh? This star tape technique involves placing four tapes in a star shape directly over the painful area. By lifting the skin and creating space in the center of the tape, relief is provided to the pain. This stimulates skin receptors, leading to improved circulation and reduced discomfort. You can use tapes of normal (5 cm) or half-width (2.5 cm) depending on the application area. It’s important to note that this technique intentionally creates wrinkles in the tape. Therefore, maintaining the correct stretching direction is crucial. Ensure that the first strip of tape always runs over the problem area or the structure causing the discomfort.

Christina peter

Christina’s advice when taping your thigh

When taping your thigh, 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 thigh

Tips for Effective Thigh 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: 1.
Technique: muscle technique (light pull).

Measuring and cutting the tape

Step 1:

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  1. Measure the tape length from the hip to the outside of the knee while standing.
  2. Cut the tape at one end approx. 20 cm. This creates a Y tape with an extended base.


Applying the tape

Step 1:

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Step 2:

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  1. Place the base on the outside of the knee without stretching.
  2. Keeping the leg stretched, run the tape along the outside of the thigh, using slight stretching.
  3. Place the two strips of tape around the tendon plate at the level of the pelvic bone and rub it well to activate the adhesive layer.
  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.