Have you seen athletes wearing some “different” tapes on their bodies? Many people are still not familiar with these tapes and if you are still wondering what they are, and what they do, let’s learn a bit more about Kinesio tapes.
Elastic therapeutic tape is the official name but the product is generally referred to by brand names such as Kinesio Tape, K tape or kinesiology tape. This elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive is used for treating athletic injuries and a variety of physical disorders. Kinesio tapes become popular during the 2008 Beijing Summer when 50,000 rolls were donated to 58 teams. The success continued during this year’s Olympics in London as the tape was seen on athletes in sports ranging from beach volleyball to track and field.
Originally used by orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other alternative practitioners in Japan, elastic therapeutic tape has the ability to relax or stimulate muscles, improves circulation, and relieves pain without impeding your range of motion.
The product is made of a thin, elastic cotton tape, claimed to be able to stretch up to 120–140% of its original length. As a result, if the tape is applied to a patient on a stretch greater than its normal length, it will recoil after being applied and therefore create a pulling force on the skin or muscle that it is being applied to. This elastic property allows much greater range of motion compared to traditional white athletic tape and can also be left on for long periods of time before reapplication.
Designed to mimic human skin, the Kinesio tape’s latex free material with acrylic adhesive is also heat activated. The cotton fibers allow for evaporation and quicker drying leading to longer wear time. Application is in three general shapes or techniques, based on body location and size of muscles.
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