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Mechanical neck pain is the second most common presentation in chiropractic offices worldwide. (1) Tightness in the levator scapula is a predictable finding in the majority of those cases. A new randomized clinical trial examined the efficacy of two proven therapies and concluded:

“Application of both kinesiology tape and postural control exercise combined can significantly reduce neck pain and normalize levator scapula activities in patients with mechanical neck dysfunction more than the application of either intervention.” (2)

Want to see that in action? We’ve got you covered. While we couldn’t track down a demonstration from the authors, we did find a widely-recognized expert on these two techniques.

Check out this week’s Vlog to watch Dr. Todd Riddle, director of education for FAKTR and SE Sports seminars, demonstrate his practical application of cervical taping and exercise.

Video Table of Contents


0:00 Introduction 

0:38 Dynamic tape effects

1:29 Cervical offload taping intro

2:39 Measuring the tape

3:17 Offload taping application


6:42 Cervical resistance exercise intro

7:22 Rehab band considerations

7:46 Flexion exercise demo

8:57 Neuroplasticity concepts

9:35 Lateral flexion exercise demo

10:17 Rotation exercise demo

11:18 Conclusion


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  1. Mior S, Wong J, Sutton D, Beliveau PJH, Bussières A, Hogg-Johnson S, French S. Understanding patient profiles and characteristics of current chiropractic practice: a cross-sectional Ontario Chiropractic Observation and Analysis STudy (O-COAST). BMJ Open. 2019 Aug 26;9(8):e029851. Link
  2. Elabd AM, Ibrahim AR, Elhafez HM, Hussien HA, Elabd OM. Efficacy of Kinesio Taping and Postural Correction Exercises on Levator Scapula Electromyographic Activities in Mechanical Cervical Dysfunction: A Randomized Blinded Clinical Trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2020 Jul 21. LInk

About the Author

Dr. Tim Bertelsman

Dr. Tim Bertelsman


Dr. Tim Bertelsman graduated with honors from Logan College of Chiropractic and has been practicing in Belleville, IL since 1992. He has lectured nationally on various clinical and business topics and has been published extensively. He has served in several leadership positions within the Illinois Chiropractic Society and currently serves as past president of the executive board.

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