In order to appreciate the benefits of kinesiology tape, it is important to understand how it differs from other types of athletic tape or medical tape. Most of these tapes are fairly thick and non-elastic. This allows them to provide rigid support to an injured area, limiting movement to protect it from further injury. Kinesiology tape, on the other hand, has unique elastic properties that allow it to provide dynamic support, protecting the muscles and/or joints, while still allowing a safe and functional range of motion. It is the only tape that actually has therapeutic benefits that include enhancing muscle function and accelerating the healing process. Following are some of the many benefits provided by kinesiology tape:
Kinesio Precuts set a new standard for convenience and flexibility. Applications for the back, foot, knee, shoulder, neck and wrist,come in individual foil packets. Each packet contains a set of single-use tape strips with an illustrated step-by-step instruction sheet. The back of each strip has cutting guides for small, medium and large individuals, making Precut KinesioTape the first customizable precuts in the industry.
Kinesio Precuts are the first KinesioTape products designed for consumer use. Each application has been carefully designed for simple taping at light tension levels. The goal of each application is to directly impact the muscle tissues and surrounding fascia to treat the underlying causes of inflammation and pain. They are suitable for a wide variety of conditions, including muscle stiffness, overuse syndromes, strains and sprains.
Skin should be dry and free of any lotions, creams or oils, including
sunscreen or liniments. To ensure optimal skin condition, clean with
soap and water, then wipe the entire area to be taped with rubbing
alcohol. If person has been exercising, ensure that perspiration has
completely stopped before applying tape.
Small amounts of body hair will not interfere with the effectiveness or adhesion of the tape. Areas with significant amounts of hair should be clipped or shaved for best results – and for less pain when tape is removed!
Wearing The Tape:
Wait at least 1 hour after applying tape to engage in activity that
causes sweating. Do not swim or shower for at least 1 hour following
To dry tape after exercising, swimming or showering, pat gently with a towel. Do not use a hair dryer – the adhesive is heat-activated, and may become difficult to remove.
Any edges that begin to peel can be trimmed with scissors to prevent further peeling.
Do not apply kinesiology tape on any skin surface that is damaged – this includes scrapes, cuts, burns, sunburn or any type of rash or irritation. Individuals with sensitive skin should apply a test piece for up to 24 hours before a full taping. If skin irritation occurs, remove tape immediately.
Dealing With Skin Irritation:
Kinesiology tape is made from 100% high-grade cotton, with a hypoallergenic acrylic adhesive. The tape contains no latex and no medications. This makes it very comfortable with a low probability of skin irritation. Individuals with extremely sensitive skin, however, may still experience rash, itching or irritation. The following products have been anecdotally reported to minimize skin irritation when applied prior to tape application: Benadryl® Itch Stopping Gel, Maalox®, TENS Clean-Cote® Skin Wipes. Be sure to let any pre-taping skin preparation dry completely before applying tape.
Removing The Tape:
Skin cells begin sloughing after 5 days, which will make tape easier
to remove. Techniques for removing tape include: (a) pressing down on
the skin at the end of the taped area, while gently rolling or peeling
the tape straight back, (b) pulling tape edge back gently as the index
finger slides or vibrates back and forth where the tape joins the skin.
It is more comfortable to remove tape in the direction of hair growth, which is usually away from the center of the body on the trunk, and in a downward direction on the arms or legs.
Tape that is still strongly adhered to skin after 5 days may be loosened by soaking with baby oil or olive oil for 15-20 minutes minutes before attempting to remove it.