Healthcare professionals have been teaching patients for years how to apply kinesiology tape themselves.

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If you have applied KT Tape® before and are looking for tips to keep your application on longer, you can use the 8 steps below.

These are techniques that are recommended by professional sports trainers and physical therapists.


  • 1 step 1

    Trim or shave excess hair from the area to be applied.

  • 2 step 1

    Use rubbing alcohol to remove any lotions or oils on the skin. Allow the skin to completely dry.

  • 3 step 1

    If youneed to make any cuts in the KT Tape(R) make sure you roundthe corners as this helps to avoid the tape from snagging on clothing.

  • 4 step 1

    Start by removing the backing paper from the center.Do not touch the adhesive part of the tape, keep your fingers on backing paper instead.

  • 5 step 1

    When applying the anchor on the first strip, do not allow there to be any stretch on the last two inches on either end. This can cause the KT Tape® to detach and pull on the skin.

  • 6 step 1

    To ensure a good stretch, use your thumband index finger to apply even pressure accross the width of the KT Tape(R) strip.

  • 7 step 1

    Stretch the strip to the desired length and then release about 20% of the stretch before applying. Please see our instructional videos for specific stretch recommendations.

  • 8 step 1

    For solid adhesion, rub vigorously for 10 seconds or more or use a hairdryer for additional heat. The heat activates the glue, allowing for a longer duration of use.

  • *not clinically proven for all applications

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