TIPS & TRICKS
KINESIOLOGY TAPE & HEALING ADVANTAGES
Due to the fact that it can be left on for approximately 3 days, these healing advantages are offered to the injured location 24 hours a day, substantially speeding the recovery process. Some benefits include:
1. Pain Relief - The raising action of the tape eases pressure on pain receptors directly under the skin, enabling fast relief from severe injuries.
2. Decreased Swelling, Inflammation and Bruising - Decreasing pressure on the lymphatic drain channels improves the elimination of fluids and other products that gather in the injured area.
3. Faster Recuperation of Worn-out Muscles - When Kinesiology Tape is utilized over worn-out muscle locations, this boosts the elimination of lactic acid which enables a faster recovery.
4. Structural Support for Weak or Injured Body Parts - The distinct elastic properties of Kinesiology Tape enable it to supply support to an injured muscle or joint, preventing damaging movements while still permitting a safe, healthy variety of movement.
5. Permits Professional Athletes to Continue to be Active After Injury - This is among the most crucial advantages of Kinesiology Tape for competitive professional athletes. If not severe, injuries can be taped to ease pain, decrease swelling and offer support for injured areas, without compromising a healthy range of movement.
- SKIN PREP: It's best to have the skin dry, without any lotions or sweat. For best contact, clean the area with rubbing alcohol or a non-perfumed hand sanitizer. Areas with large amount of body hair should be cut very short or shaved, as otherwise this can be very painful when removing the tape later on.
- DON'T TOUCH: Try to avoid touching the sticky side of the tape when peeling away the backing. Touching the sticky side too much will lessen the adhesive power.
- MEASURE: Measure the length you need for the part of the body and then make sure to cut the tape with good quality scissors, as otherwise fraying can start before you get the tape on your skin.
- RUB: As each strip is applied, gently but quickly rub from the center to the ends of the tape. This helps activate the adhesion power.
- ROUND IS BEST: And as always, cut the ends into round corners, as this prevents early fraying from clothes or other parts fo the body rubbing against it.
- BACKING: To tear the backing, with both hands grab 2-3” from one end and simply stretch the small portion away from the larger portion. This will tear the backing easily, without causing you to put your fingers on the sticky side. Peel away the backing to your anchor and apply with no stretch. Just place the 2-3" and rub lightly. Then create another anchor at the end, but leave it's backing in place.
- PLAN IT OUT: Position the middle portion over the intended body part and remove the backing (leaving the 2nd anchor's backing still in place). Stretch it to the instructed amount and apply onto skin. Rug gently but quickly to activate it. Then remove the backing to the 2nd anchor and apply to skin with no stretch and rub.
- WEAR IT LIKE A BOSS: To dry kinesiology tape that is wet, simply pat it with a towel. Do not rub it. And do not use a hair dryer or heater to dry it, as this can make it very difficult to remove later. If edges peel or fray, trim these with a good, sharp, pair of scissors. This will make the tape stay, and look great!
- PRECAUTIONS: Do not use kinesiology tape on damaged skin. Kind of a no-brainer, but vital! Kinesiology tape is not a bandage :) This includes any scrapes or cuts, burned or irritated skin.
- I'M SENSITIVE: If your skin is sensitive, or you are not sure if your skin might react adversely, try using a 1-2 inch piece on an area of skin that would be the least incapacitating (like high up on the arm, near the shoulder, or the top of the hand you don't write with). If any irritation, remove immediately. If nothing after 24 hours, you should be good to go :)
- SKIN IRRITATION: Kinesiology tape is a material made of cotton strands with hypoallergenic acrylic adhesive, and is latex-free. If you think you may experience a rash, itching or irritation of any kind, these products have been reported to decrease irritation when applied BEFORE using the tape: Benadryl® Itch Stopping Gel, Maalox®, Tens Clean Coat Skin Wipes.
If you've applied the tape and get an irritation, remove the tape by by pressing on the skin at the end of the taped area while gently rolling or peeling the tape back. Do not remove rapidly. Slow slow slow. If this is too much for the sensitive skin, soak the taped area with baby oil or olive oil for 15-20 minutes and try again.
- Try not to touch the adhesive part of the tape.
- To remove paper backing, simply pinch and stretch the end of the tape where you want to start removing it, and this will tear the paper. Fold the paper back, leaving enough backing still in place for you to hold the tape without having to touch the adhesive.
- To stretch the tape to the percent required, pull it to 100% stretch, taking note of how long it was when you started, and how long it is now. Then simply reduce the amount of stretch to the desired percent. If you needed 50%, simply loosen the stretch from 100%, to half the length of the full stretch.
- When stretching tape in the middle, instead of from one end, grip the tape with your forefinger underneath, and your full thumb on top (not just the tip of your thumb, so as to give the tape an even stretch.
- Anchoring the tape should always be done with 0% stretch. Anchors are usually about 1.5 - 2 inches of tape.
- For best results, tape should be cut with round corners. This prevents it from getting caught on clothing and coming loose.
- Before taping, skin should be clean and dry, as well as free from lotions or oils.
- Do not make use of Kinesiology Tape on the abdominal area if pregnant.
- Do not make use of Kinesiology Tape if you have been diagnosed with cancer as it may interfere with treatment and illness management techniques used by your medical professional.
- Do not do any taping if you are not certain of the best ways to do it. Always get personal guidance from a qualified taper.
- If you have sensitive skin and you get itching, irritation, inflammation, numbness, tingling or new pain appears after using the tape, remove immediately.