What is Kinesiology Tape?

If you watched the recent Commonwealth Games you may have noticed a colourful tape being worn by some of the athletes. It’s highly likely you have seen it being used at a local sporting event and wondered what it is and why it’s being used. If so, read on – this blog post will give you more insight into what it is and discuss its unique features.

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What is Kinesiology Tape?

Kinesiology Tape is a thin, stretchy, fabric strip – typically made of cotton with a latex-free acrylic adhesive. Kinesiology tape is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and flexibility – meaning it can be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of movement.

Why is it Used?

Kinesiology Tape is used for treating physical injuries and a variety of disorders. When it was first introduced, the main use of Kinesiology Tape was therapeutic. The tape originates in chiropractic treatment in Japan but is now used worldwide. This popularity is continuing to grow as more elite athletes adopt its usage.

Do Only Athletes & Sports Participators Benefit from Kinesiology Tape?

No. Kinesiology Tape is effective if you are running a marathon, jogging in the park or simply to get through your day. If you are suffering from an injury, that is preventing you from any type of physical activity, Kinesiology Tape can help.

Kinesiology Tape Application

Unlike traditional athletic tapes, Kinesiology Tape is applied around the injured area (joint or muscle group) without restricting those areas – this is due to it’s flexibility.

Therefore, Kinesiology Tape still provides support but can also provide pain relief while still allowing a natural, safe range of motion. This promotes recuperation and continued activity during recovery from overuse or injuries.

Kinesiology tape is latex-free and water resistant; so, it can be worn in the bath, shower and during swimming.

The ‘Magic Tape’

Kinesiology Tape and its usage is so effective, with wide-ranging benefits, it has earned the nickname ‘Magic Tape’. It is now one of the most widely used therapeutic modalities in both Athletic and Healthcare settings.

Recently, Kinesiology Tape has been seen used more in its original purpose, therapeutic recovery to prevent injury and encourage quicker recovery.

Here are some of the features that make it unique:

Kinesiology Tape –

  • is effective on its own but can also be combined with other therapeutic treatments for even greater impact
  • is worn 24 hours a day for several days, providing therapeutic benefits the entire time
  • is one of the least expensive with high potential to be one of the most effective therapeutic treatments available
  • has minimal side effects and few contraindications
  • applications can be learned and adapted, allowing self-application (if you can reach)

If you’re currently feeling the adverse effects of injury and it’s preventing you from any physical activity Kinesiology Tape might be the solution. Therapi Tylino can assist you – read more about our Active Taping Service here.

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Roger Daniels

Roger is a qualified Massage Therapist and founder of Therapi Tylino based in Pontypool. Offering Massage Therapy services in the Newport & Torfaen area to help people work, play & live without limits.