COPD – Kinesiology tape

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The physiotherapist can successfully use kinesiology tape to alleviate the symptoms of lung conditions such as COPD.

COPD and other lung diseases

COPD is a collective name for various chronic lung diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death worldwide, causing 3.23 million deaths in 2019.

In 85% of the patients, COPD is caused by smoking and in 15% by long-term exposure to dust particles or a congenital enzyme deficiency. Most patients are older than 40 years.


Symptoms of COPD include increased mucus formation, coughing, tightness of the chest, and shortness of breath. The conditions that cause COPD cannot be cured. The treatment focuses on reducing the symptoms and preventing deterioration. This can be done with the help of medication, lifestyle changes and supervised exercise at a physiotherapy practice.

Other common lung diseases are asthma or pneumonia. All these conditions can cause pain, tightness of the chest and shortness of breath.

The physiotherapist can successfully use CureTape® to alleviate the symptoms of all these lung conditions.

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Instructional video: Taping COPD and lung diseases

COPD Taping in practice

Physiotherapist and Kinesiology taping specialist Peter Willemsen is happy to share his positive experiences with lung patients.

Peter Willemsen is a physiotherapist in both the Rivierenland hospital in Tiel (the Netherlands) and in his own practice in Buren (Physiotherapy De Lage Korn, the Netherlands). One of his specialisations is the treatment of lung patients. CureTape® has been successfully applied by him for years as part of the treatment of various lung diseases.

We would like to let Peter Willemsen talk about his “Chanel Tape”:

“In our hospital’s lung department, we see many COPD patients who come in with an exacerbation (lung attack). Besides dyspnoea (shortness of breath), these people often also report pain around the thorax (chest cavity). This is quite logical since the work of breathing during such an exacerbation (lung attack) is many times higher than in a normal situation. Coughing also causes a much higher load on the respiratory system. The COPD tape with CureTape® actually always ensures that patients experience less pain and therefore also indirectly a reduction in dyspnoea.

I still find it difficult to explain to patients how this happens and how CureTape® works. However, I can tell them that it works!

Just last week, my colleagues in the hospital asked me if I could take a look at a 16-year-old boy who was lying there with double pneumonia. He was short of breath and had a lot of thoracic pain. After I taped him, he could immediately breathe better, had less pain, and could also exert himself better. He noticed an immediate improvement and I taped him several times during his hospital stay. See below how I applied the tape.”

“A week after he was discharged from hospital, he called me into my practice in Buren. His tape had come off and he had immediately suffered more complaints. He asked if he could drop by for a new tape.Such an example is not an isolated one. In my own practice, too, there are many patients for whom CureTape® is used in case of exacerbation (a lung attack), with infections and pneumonia, or in other situations where the respiratory system is overloaded. A huge number of lung patients benefit from it and I am happy that I can use it where it is needed.”

Peter Willemsen
Pulmonary physiotherapist
Physiotherapy De Lage Korn
Rivierenland hospital
The Netherlands

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Please note that applications provided on our website are not clinically proven. All mentioned applications are based on extensive evaluation and case studies with licensed physiotherapists and/or other health professionals.

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