About Kinesiology Tape
What is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesiology tape is a thin, stretchy, therapeutic tape that can benefit a wide variety of injuries and inflammatory conditions. It is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows it to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of movement.
What Makes Kinesiology Tape Different?
Traditional athletic tape is wrapped tightly around an injured area to provide rigid support and restrict movement. It must be removed immediately after activity to restore movement and circulation. Kinesiology tape, on the other hand, is thin and flexible, allowing it to provide dynamic support while still allowing a safe and functional range of motion. Rather than being wrapped completely around an injured area, kinesiology tape is applied directly over or around the periphery of the area. Most applications can be worn 4-5 days, even during intense exercise, showering, bathing or swimming. Therapeutic benefits accumulate 24/7 for the entire time the tape is worn.
What Conditions can Kinesiology Taping be Used For?
|Joint Pain||Arthritis, bursitis, lupus, degenerative joints, poorly aligned joints, joint instability|
|Muscle Pain||Torn muscles, pulled/strained muscles, tight muscles, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, muscle cramps, calf strain, pulled hamstring, groin strain, strained gluteals, abdominal strain|
|Soft Tissue Injuries||Tendinitis, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis), patellar tendinitis, Achilles tendinitis, whiplash, back strain, neck strain, rotator cuff injuries, iliotibial band syndrome (ITB)|
|Joint Injuries||Joint sprains, dislocated joints, sprained ankle, sprained knee, sprained wrist, sprained elbow, degenerated meniscus, torn cartilage, unstable joints, joint hypermobility|
|Overuse Injuries||Carpal tunnel, repetitive stress syndrome, shin splints, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, tension headaches, tennis elbow|
|Swelling and Edema||Lymphedema, swollen joints, edema, lymphatic congestion, chronic joint or muscle inflammation|
|Postural Problems||Poor posture, round shoulders, scapular instability, muscle weakness, muscle imbalance, poor muscle tone, hypotonia|
|Recovery from Surgery||Athletic injury surgery, reconstructive surgery, joint replacement surgery, meniscus repair, ligament surgery, tendon surgery, lymph node removal|
|Bruising||Bruising following injuries or surgery, contusions|
|Foot Pain||Plantar fasciitis, fallen arches|
Types of Kinesiology Tape
Kinesiology tape comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, including uncut rolls, precut strips of varying lengths, and precut applications for different parts of the body. There are products available for every level of expertise, from inexperienced home users to trained health professionals. Both videos and printable application instructions are available for a wide variety of injuries and health conditions, allowing anyone to learn how to apply kinesiology tape effectively. If you are new to kinesiology taping, take a few minutes to read about the different types of tape, so you can select the best product for your situation.
The most economical way to purchase kinesiology tape, rolls are best suited for people with some kinesiology taping knowledge or those who don’t mind taking the time to look up and follow instructions for creating their own applications. Uncut rolls are used extensively in health care settings where a greater need exists for specialized applications. Single rolls are ideal for home users, while bulk rolls provide an economical option for sports teams, clinics and others who tape a lot.
Precut strips bridge the gap between rolls and precut applications for specific body parts. Individual strips can be easily torn off from a roll, and then used in either an “I” or a “Y” format. Because the strips are precut and serrated, they can be applied quickly in a variety of combinations, but still allow for significant customization.
Precut Applications for Specific Body Parts
Precut applications are a great way to get your feet wet with kinesiology taping. The back of each application is serrated and labeled, making it easy to apply the tape one section at a time, according to the step-by-step instructions. They’re also the handiest items to have on hand for athletic injury emergency, requiring no measuring or cutting to apply properly.