Kinesiology Tape

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Kinesiology tape was originally invented by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor, in the 1970's. He designed it to closely support muscles and joints during everyday, leisure and sports activities. The key feature of Kinesiology Tape is that it provides compression without restricting movement. This is unlike other athletic or sports tapes.

Kinesiology tape can be beneficial in supporting injured muscles or joints. It can help to reduce pain caused by overuse or repetitive movements. KT is designed to be elastic and allow a degree of flexibility. This can help to offload painful structures and allow healing after an injury. Other benefits associated with KT tape include reduced swelling, pain relief and improved proprioceptive awareness.

KT tape can be applied in a "criss-cross" fashion to help provide a compression technique. This can also improve the drainage of swelling and metabolites away from the injury site. Postural benefits have also been found by applying KT tape to help re-educate muscles and joints. This is so that imbalances can be addressed, and the body allowed to adopt a better position to protect against re-injury. The long-term solution is to address the root cause of the injury and strengthen muscular and movement imbalances. But the application of kinesiology tape products can initiate this process. Then it can help to ensure the body can start supporting itself naturally.

Kinesiology Tape has a range of specific uses:

  • • Support muscles during sports activities
  • • Address muscular tension
  • • Assist lymphatic drainage
  • • Activate the endogenous analgesic systems
  • • Correct joint problems
  • • Pain management
  • • Decrease swelling following an injury

Kinesiology Tape can be used on a range of body parts including: shoulder, knee pain, ankle, wrist, elbow, shin, back and more.

The effects of kinesiology tape include increased blood flow to and drainage of lymphatic fluid from the target site. This therapeutic tape is used by top athletes around the world to improve performance and minimise the risk of injury.

Types of Athletic Tape

Across PhysioRoom's range, we offer sports taping including bandages and underwraps. Kinesiology Taping elastic tape that aids pain reduction and muscle performance. Simply apply a piece of tape to the affected area before the activity. Kinesio Taping can be used during and after sports. Shop now for fun, coloured tape.

Kinesiology Tape for Joint & Muscle Support

Designed to have the same profile and elasticity of skin, PhysioRoom Kinesiology Tape is applied with medical grade, heat sensitive acrylic adhesive. This ultra-thin, highly elastic therapeutic tape provides support and compression for sports injuries, muscular tension and joint distortions. The muscle tape can be used to support the muscles during sporting activity, to address muscular tension and to activate the endogenous analgesic system. Designed to mirror the profile and elasticity of your skin, it will support your muscles and joints during everyday sports and leisure activities.

Kinesio Tape Application

  • • Ensure skin is free of oil, sweat, lotion or water prior to applying the tape.
  • • Apply the tape one hour prior to sports activity or showering - this allows the glue to adhere fully.
  • • Try to avoid over-stretching the tape during application to avoid skin irritation.
  • • After application, the tape should be rubbed to activate the heat-sensitive glue. Do not use a hairdryer to activate the glue.
  • • Kinesiology-style tape is designed to be worn for 3-5 days.

Reaction to the tape is rare. But new users, or users with sensitive skin, should look for signs of irritation. An hour after application, the tape will withstand athletic activity and showering without coming off.