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 Read more

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.

Uncut Rolls
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
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.

Comparison Table

Rolls

Precut Strips

Precut Applications

Brands

Ares Tape, Kinesio Tape, RockTape, StrengthTape, SpiderTech Ares Tape, Nasara, StrengthTape, SpiderTech Kindmax, Kinesio Tape, Nasara, StrengthTape

Description

Single Rolls – 16′ (5m) long x 1″, 2″, 3″ or 4″ wideBulk Rolls – 103-115′ (31.5 – 33m) long x 2″ or 4″ wide 16′ rolls of 10″ strips – 20 strips per rollPackages of X, Y, I and edema strips in assorted lengths Individually packaged, single use applicationsPrecut for specific body parts or specific injuries

Pros

Lowest cost per application – 1 roll of tape can make multiple applicationsApplications can be customized for size, condition or other specific needs No cutting or measuringCan combine to create custom applicationsMachine-cut edges and corners fray less No cutting or measuringConvenient and portableMachine cut edges and corners fray lessQuickest application time

Cons

Measuring and cutting tape adds to application timeThose new to taping may need to review videos or printable instructions to create effective applications. Strip length may not work for all applicationsMay be more expensive per application than uncut rolls Higher cost per application than rolls or stripsLess customizable

Who Should Use?

Frequent tapers looking for the best value in kinesiology tapeHealth professionals dealing with a wide variety of patients and conditionsThose requiring customized applications due to size or special conditions Those looking for a combination of value and convenienceThose needing to apply tape quickly without time to measure and cut Those wishing to experience the benefits of kinesiology taping, but have no experience or trainingHealth professionals looking to save time in clinical appointments
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