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  • Is it the tape or the technique that gives such great results?
    Without a doubt, the technique is the most important aspect in achieving the best therapeutic results. But the full benefits of the Kinesio Taping Method were not possible until Kinesio Tex Tape was developed. The Kinesio Taping Method requires a tape that is patient and skin-friendly, has optimum elastic qualities, is the same thickness as the skin and is durable enough to stay on for multiple days - even with perspiration and bathing.
  • How is the tape applied?
    Without getting too technical, the tape is applied over the affected area with the muscles in a stretched position. Then the tape is applied from one end of the muscle to the other with very little to no stretch on the tape itself. The tape is applied from the ORIGIN to INSERTION of the muscle for SUPPORT and from INSERTION to ORIGIN for REHABILITATION
  • Do you have any tips for tape application and adherence?
    After application, rub down tape to activate heat-sensitive glue. Skin should be free of oil, sweat, or lotion prior to application Avoid extreme stretching of the tape during application to avoid skin irritation. Apply approximately 1 hour prior to activity or shower to allow glue to adhere properly. E) Skin irritation is extremely rare, but care should be taken with hypersensitive skin patients.
  • What sort of adhesive does Kinesio Tape use?
    Kinesio Tex Tape has a thin layer of heat-reactive adhesive which needs to be activated by gently rubbing the tape after application. The tape should last between 3-5 days, but this will vary. For example, players in contact sports (such as rugby) will see shorter wear compared to a cyclist. The two most common application issues we see are when: The adhesive has not been activated properly, or has not been given time to set before activity. Always apply the tape at least 1 hour prior to activity. The skin has not been prepared properly. Ensure that skin is clean and dry and that oils or lotions are not present on the skin. Shave or clip long hair. We recommend that the tape ends are rounded to ensure that they don't catch on clothing.
  • Does your tape have latex?
    Kinesio Tex tape is cotton, does not contain latex and uses a medical grade adhesive. It has undergone extensive testing to ensure that it is hypoallergenic and has been created with comfort in mind. You shouldn’t experience irritation, but if the tape is over stretched it may pull at the skin and cause redness. Always ensure your anchors (each end of the tape) are placed with no tension to avoid overstretch. If you are concerned about a previously diagnosed allergy, we would recommend a test patch first. Do not apply the tape on skin that is damaged or broken.
  • What is the difference between the colours?
    There is no physical difference between the colours. Pink and blue were originally developed to be compatible with colour therapy. Colour choice is a matter of individual preference. The colours can provide field advertising at athletic events, be a conversation opener or instant product recognition.
  • What is the difference between Athletic Taping and Kinesio Taping Techniques?
    There are three main taping techniques recognised in the United States: White Athletic Taping, McConnell Taping Technique, and Kinesio Taping Method. White Athletic Taping is the most commonly used taping technique in the U.S. The tape is extremely rigid and requires a pre-tape prior to application to protect the skin from irritation. Irritation is caused by the entrapment of moisture, high latex content, and severe compression of skin, muscles, and joints. It is typically applied immediately prior to an activity to prevent and protect acute injuries, left on for a short period of time, and taken off immediately after conclusion of activity. There are no rehabilitative uses or benefits. McConnell® Taping is a bracing or strapping technique using a super-rigid, cotton mesh, highly-adhesive tape. It affects the bio-mechanics of the patient and is most commonly used for patellofemoral and shoulder subluxation, as well as lumbar, foot, and hip impingement. It is typically left on for a shorter period of time (no longer than 18 hours) due to its constricting and suffocating feel and adverse skin reaction. The technique is primarily used for neuromuscular re-education of the affected condition and is widely accepted by the medical community. Kinesio Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient or athlete the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitates the affected condition as well. Using a highly specific tape design that works with the body, allowing full ROM (and in most cases improving ROM), Kinesio Taping will not affect bio-mechanics of the patient. Latex-free, Kinesio Tex Tape is safe for sensitive skin and for populations ranging from paediatric to geriatric. There is no compression on the skin, making it “light to the feel” and allowing comfortable wear over a 3-5 day period. Its water-resistant fabric wicks away moisture and allows the patient to bathe or even swim as usual. Lymph and blood circulation are facilitated in order to rehabilitate and relieve pain. It is used for virtually all clinical conditions.
  • Which tape is water resistant?
    All our tapes are water resistant. For the best hold, it’s best if the tape is applied before activity and that the skin is clean, dry and free of any lotions or oils. It is recommended that after the tape is applied to the skin that the tape is rubbed to activate the adhesive as well as to help it adhere.
  • How long can the tape be worn for?
    Kinesio Tex is designed to be worn for multiple days (3 to 5). An hour after application it will withstand athletic activity and showering without coming off. The water resistant type should be used for hands and feet and it is also useful for people who regularly take part in sporting activities.
  • How do I dry the tape?
    To dry tape after swimming or showering, use a towel and pat the tape. We do not recommend using a hairdryer as this will affect the adhesive.
  • How do I remove the tape?
    To remove Kinesio Tex tape, start at one end and roll back the tape in the direction of the hair growth using the palm of your hand. If you have sensitive skin, removing the tape whilst it is wet can make it easier.
  • Can Kinesio Tape be used on children and the elderly?
    Kinesio Taping can work well for children, even young children. However, it should only be applied under the guidance and advice of a trained practitioner and it is very important to be aware of fragile, thin or sensitive skin. Take extra care when removing the tape and test on a small area before applying applications for longer periods of time.
  • Do I need training to apply Kinesio Tape?
    Kinesio Taping for oedema is a lymph correction technique that facilitates circulatory and lymphatic flow. It is recommended that only practitioners trained in treating lymphatic disorders and the application of Kinesio Tex use this technique. Kinesio Taping for sports injury and physiotherapy should be applied under the guidance/advice of a practitioner. The most effective and successful results are obtained by applying the correct taping applications for a specific condition.
  • Where can I get advice about Kinesio Tape application?
    Kinesio Tape relies on the right application to achieve the best results. If you apply the tape incorrectly it shouldn't cause any harm, but it may not be as effective. If you are unsure on how to apply the tape or have questions, please visit a certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner, consult our taping guide or contact us at
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