If you wrap a swollen joint or tissue, the technique for addressing the swollen joint will be different. You want to wrap the band toward the heart, a few inches below the swollen area (starting as far down the joint as possible is ideal), leaving no skin exposed, wrapping with a half inch overlap, keeping about a 50 percent stretch in the band all the way around the joint, making sure to cover the entire area of the joint. Once the joint is compressed, move it around for a few minutes. Then take the band off for a few minutes so you give the tissue time to rebound and recover. Then wrap it again. This should be repeated for twenty minutes, or whenever you stop experiencing change. This is extremely effective, and you can restore a swollen joint to completely normal, and completely relieve the pain.This is your best technique for getting rid of inflammation and pain in an injured joint.
When you mobilize a joint or matted-down scar tissue, start a few inches below or above the compromised area, keeping a half inch overlap in the band with a 75 percent stretch over the area you are working on and a 50 percent stretch over the remaining area. If you have band left over after wrapping, make an ?X? over the targeted area to create an additional shearing effect.
This can be uncomfortable, but it will not harm your joint or tissue in any way. Red marks can be left, which is normal, and disappear after a few minutes. If you start to go numb, or get a tingly sensation (pins and needles), or your limb turns really white, take the band off. This normally happens at the two minute mark if it happens. If you suddenly feel very claustrophobic, take the band off. This is intense, as most mobilizations are, but you have to be able to tell the difference between discomfort and feelings of numbness, tingling, claustrophobia, or a very white skin tone.
As a safety check, when you touch the skin, it should turn white, and then return to normal. If it doesn?t, then you know it?s time to remove the band. After you take the band off it?s common for your skin to be very white, but within a few seconds you will notice increased blood flow into the area.