How to tape trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain)

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Are you seeking relief from trigeminal neuralgia? Trigeminal neuralgia is a facial pain stemming from irritation of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve. The pain typically begins above the ear and extends to the forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. It manifests as sudden, intense stabbing sensations, commonly affecting one side of the face and radiating to areas like the chin, cheek, nose, and forehead. Some individuals may perceive it as a toothache. Pain episodes are brief, lasting only a few seconds and occurring at intervals of several minutes. Between episodes, pain-free intervals of several days may occur. It’s essential to consult a neurologist for evaluation of trigeminal neuralgia. While the tape method described offers additional relief, it’s not a standalone treatment for the condition.

Christina peter

Christina’s advice when taping trigeminal neuralgia

When taping your face, it’s crucial to choose a tape that provides both adhesion and support. That’s why I recommend CureTape kinesiology tape. For regular use, CureTape Classic or Art is ideal. However, if you have very sensitive skin, I would recommend using CureTape Beauty for face taping or CureTape Gentle for sensitive skin. They have a softer adhesive, and are more suitable for use on the face.

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

Tips for Effective Facial Pain 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.

Preparation for taping Trigeminal Neuralgia


Shape: I-strip.
Number of strips: 3.
Technique: Muscle technique (very light pull).

Measuring and cutting the tape

  1. Stand in front of a mirror and measure the length of the tape from the ear to the forehead, nose, and chin.
  2. Cut the tapes in half lengthwise (2.5 cm) or buy our pre-cut 2.5cm rolls of CureTape.



Step 1:

how to tape trigeminal neuralgia step 1

Step 2:

how to tape trigeminal neuralgia step 2

Step 3:

how to tape trigeminal neuralgia step 3

  1. Place the base of the first tape without stretching as close as possible to the ear or jaw joint.
  2. Guide the tape with a slight stretch in the direction of the forehead.
  3. Place the base of the second tape, without stretching, slightly offset from the base of the first tape. Guide the tape with minimal tension along the jaw to the tip of the chin.
  4. Place the base of the third tape in the centre, without stretching, on the previously applied base and guide the tape with a slight stretch towards the nostril.
  5. Finally, gently rub the tapes together.

Attention: since trigeminal neuralgia is a hypersensitivity of the nerve, you need to remove the tape very carefully. If the tape is not removed carefully, it can irritate the nerve again and cause pain.

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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.