What is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesiology Tape begins with a thin, stretchy fabric made from cotton or a cotton/nylon
blend. The fabric is backed with an adhesive made from a hypoallergenic, medical-grade
acrylic that is flexible, comfortable and non-irritating to most skin types. Most
tapes are latex-free and they do not contain any medications or topical ingredients.
If you are allergic to latex, please contact our office to make sure the type you
are using or ordering is latex free.
How is Kinesiology Tape Applied?
Unlike rigid tapes that completely immobilize injured areas, kinesiology tape provides
support and pain relief while still allowing a natural, safe range of motion. This
allows athletes to participate fully in rehab and/or continue training and competing
as they recover from overuse or injuries. It
is applied either directly over an affected joint or muscle group or around its
What Makes Kinesiology Tape Different?
Following are some of the features of kinesiology tape that make it different from
other types of therapeutic tape:
The adhesive is applied to the tape in a wave-like pattern that allows the
skin to breathe and moisture to easily flow through. A quick pat down with
a towel is all it takes for the tape to dry quickly after sweating, swimming
or showering. Most applications can be worn 3-5 days, even through intense
exercise, showering, bathing or swimming. Therapeutic benefits accumulate
24/7 for the entire time the tape is worn.
With similar elasticity and thickness to human skin, Kinesiology tape stretches
and moves with the body and does not restrict movement or create any sensation of
constriction. This allows the tape to be worn safely and comfortably for several
days at a time. Allowing injured muscles or joints to move freely helps them heal
faster than if they were immobilized.