Whether you're an athlete looking to enhance performance or someone seeking relief from pain, kinesiology tape is a versatile and effective tool. With these 5 easy taping tips, you can confidently apply your KT Tape everytime!
WHY DOES STRETCH MATTER
Kinesiology tape is a flexible and elastic athletic tape. It is designed to support muscles, joints, and ligaments, and is often used to help alleviate pain from joint injuries and muscle soreness. It is believed to work by lifting the skin to create improving circulation and lymphatic flow, as well as reducing pressure and strain on injured areas. The tape is applied to the skin in specific patterns, depending on the injury being addressed.
The amount of stretch used in kinesiology taping matters because it can change the lift being applied to the skin. Being sure to apply proper stretch also has a big impact on how comfortable the tape is to wear, and how well it will adhere to the skin. By learning these tape stretching basics, you can be confident that you're applying KT Tape properly and can experience the full benefits of the tape - whether for sore joints, sore muscles, or general support.
HOW TO KNOW THE STRETCH IS 'JUST RIGHT'?
To ensure that you have stretched kinesiology tape the right amount, you should look for the following:
Anchors: When beginning and ending each strip, the first and final 2 inches should be applied without any stretch. These areas form an anchor, which helps to secure the tape and avoid skin irritation.
Correct amount of tension: The tape should be stretched to approximately 120-150% of its original length, depending on the area being addressed and the desired level of support. You should avoid stretching the tape too tightly, as this can limit movement and cause discomfort.
Consistency: The tension applied to each strip should be consistent throughout the length of the stretch area, to ensure that it provides even support. Remember that the 2 inches at each end of the strips are your anchors, and should be applied without stretch.
Proper fit: The tape should fit snugly against the skin, without wrinkling or bunching. Smooth tape after application to help ensure consistent adhesion. If necessary, you can trim the tape to fit your body.
Proper positioning: The tape should be positioned correctly, with the right amount of tension, to provide the desired level of support for the specific injury being addressed. Reference our "How To Tape" guides for step-by-step instructions.
If you're not sure if you've stretched the tape the right amount, you can consult with a physical therapist or medical professional who has experience with kinesiology tape.