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What is Kinesio Taping?

Kinesio tape or K-tape is an elastic, adhesive tape that is hypoallergenic and water-resistant. When applied, the tape does not restrict motion and can be worn for several days before removal.

How does K-tape work?

The theory behind k-tape is that it microscopically lifts the skin, which encourages lymphatic drainage and blood flow. While there are studies that question the effectiveness of K-tape, there have been many cases where clients feel a positive effect after having k-tape applied to an injury.

When should I use K-tape?

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K-tape is commonly used when clients present with the following:

  • inflammation
  • swelling
  • minor strain or sprain
  • if they are in the end stages of their rehab getting back to their sport
  • could benefit from some neuromuscular stimulation

Where can K-Tape be applied?

K-tape can be applied almost anywhere on the body. While some areas of the skin are more sensitive to adhesives, the tape may not be able to be worn for more than 24-48 hours. In more common areas such as the shoulder, knee and ankle, the tape can be worn for 3-4 days. Ensure that where the K-tape is being applied the skin is in good healthy condition; any cuts or abrasions should be cleaned and covered to prevent infection.

How is K-tape applied?

K-tape is applied depending on the desired result and the injury.

Ways an Athletic Therapist will vary the application of k-tape:

  • increasing or decreasing the amount of stretch
  • cutting a piece of tape at one end
  • crossing multiple strips
  • guiding the tape along a certain muscle, bone or joint

When applied, the skin should be clean, dry and rid of any moisturizer lotion.

Who can use K-tape?

Anyone with an injury or symptoms as listed above can use K-tape. When applying K-tape, the Sports Therapist will ensure that the skin is in good healthy condition, as to not irritate any current skin conditions and will apply the tape appropriately for the individuals injury.

If you have any questions about k-tape or think k-tape might be helpful for your injury send us an email to info@delfit.ca or call (705) 733-0141. 

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