Acupressure Taping

The Practice of Acutaping for Chronic Pain and Injuries

Acupressure Taping

Combines acupressure and massage to treat pain using elastic tape

• Shows how the use of an elastic, adhesive tape works with the body’s own motions to combine the actions of acupressure and massage

• Presents both therapeutic and preventative techniques for acute and chronic pain

• Contains step-by-step instructions illustrated in full color detailing how to self-treat pain in all parts of the body

Sufferers of chronic pain well know the frustration of treatments involving endless rounds of drugs or expensive physical therapy--that may or may not offer relief. In Acupressure Taping, authors Hecker and Liebchen present a comprehensive guide to a new method of pain treatment--acutaping--which offers a much simpler and more effective alternative. In acutaping, elastic tape is placed over the afflicted area in accordance with related acupuncture points. During the course of normal movement throughout the day, the elastic tape provides a gentle but consistent massage to the inflamed area. Because the skin adheres to the tape, it is shifted against the subtissue during motion, causing lymph tissue to drain and connective tissue to be massaged.

The authors show that most bodily dysfunctions can be self-treated through this innovative method. Combining elements of Chinese medicine with osteopathy, acutaping produces a method of treatment for ailments ranging from back pain and tennis elbow to menstrual pain and migraines. Acutaping is an easy and effective treatment--without side effects--that offers welcome relief to sufferers of chronic pain.
  • Healing Arts Press | 
  • 128 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781594771484 | 
  • April 2007
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About the Authors

Hans-Ulrich Hecker

Hans-Ulrich Hecker, M.D., is an internationally known expert in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In his numerous publications (translated into many languages), Dr. Hecker helped make traditional Chinese medicine popular and helped to establish the acceptance of its methods for use alongside conventional medical practice in the doctor’s office. Since 1990, he has been a medical specialist in general practice, homeopathy, naturopathic treatment, acupuncture, and medical quality management, and he shares his knowledge with interested colleagues. This “master of the delicate pinpricks” is the head of advanced training for acupuncture and naturopathic treatment of the Medical Association of Schleswig-Holstein. Since 1993, he has held a position as a lecturer for acupuncture and naturopathic treatment at the University Clinic, Schleswig-Holstein Campus in Kiel, Germany. Together with Dr. Kay Liebchen, he developed acutaping.


Kay Liebchen

Kay Liebchen, M.D., is a registered orthopedist in Schleswig, Germany, with an emphasis on rheumatology, special pain therapy, acupuncture, osteopathy, and acutaping. From 1997 to 2004, he was head of the department in the pain clinic at Damp, Germany, and helped with its setup. He has been teaching chiropractic techniques since 1995 at the Dr. Karl Sell Medical Seminar, which is held at the training facility in Damp. As a lecturer on acupuncture at the training academy of the Medical Association of Schleswig-Holstein, his emphasis lies in the combination of acupuncture with manual therapy and osteopathy, trigger point therapy, and acutaping. Dr. Liebchen is also co-author of a number of books.