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ADHESIVE & REMOVER
Elite athletes in athletics, football, tennis, rugby, basketball and American Football are wearing brightly-coloured strips of tape on their muscles and joints. This black, white, pink, blue or beige tape is Kinesiology Tape.
Kinesiology tape is a super-thin, highly elastic therapeutic tape that is applied to the skin. The Kinesiology method of taping places tape on top of and around muscle groups, which helps to promote directional stretch and support.
Kinesiology Tape can be used before, during and after activities, and worn for three to five days without harming the skin. The use of Kinesiology Tape in one of its specific taping applications can help relieve muscle pain, promote the healing process and prevent injuries. It is also used to increase blood flow to muscles and joints, to soothe overworked muscles and to strengthen weak or fatigued muscles.
Kinesiology Tape has over 1200 recognized applications, which include taping for knee injuries (including patella pain and patella tracking), shoulder injuries, back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder instability, low back pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff injury and tennis elbow.
Kinesiology Tape and the method of adhesive application help to promote directional stretch and breathability. As the muscle relaxes, the taped portion forms wrinkles, microscopically lifting the skin from the fascia beneath. The result is that pressure and irritation are taken off the neural and sensory receptors, alleviating pain. Pressure is also gradually taken off the lymphatic system, allowing it to channel more freely, without affecting circulation or the user's range of motion.
When these outcomes of Kinesiology taping are combined with the normal benefits of taping: supporting and controlling the body's muscles and joints for proprioceptive stimulation, functional correction, passive support and mechanical correction, it becomes clear why the use of Kinesiology Tape has become so popular for both professional sports players and recreational athletes.