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Kinesiology Tape spotted on Olympic athletes - So what is it & how does it work?

Monday, 6 August 2012  |  Paul

Key product: K-Active Kinesiology Tape Roll in Blue

The new sports accessory phenomenon at the London Olympics is a brightly coloured strapping tape, known as Kinesiology Tape. You may have seen several Olympic athletes wearing Kinesiology Tape during competition and wondered just what it is. Kinesiology tape is an active holistic healing tape designed to support the body’s healing process when applied using a particular technique. Worn by sprinters, divers, volleyball players and more, Kinesiology tape is taking the sporting world by storm.

Kinesiology tape, also known as K-Active tape was developed by Japanese chiropractor Dr Kenzo Kase in the 1970’s. Kinesiology tape is applied using specific techniques which were developed through the use of kinesiological tests. The tape is modelled on the skin’s own characteristics and is designed to transmit positive sensory information to the body.

Kinesiology tape is proving to be popular with professional and amateur athletes alike due to its potential ability to help with pain relief, joint distortions, arthritis, sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome and muscular tension. What also seems to be helping the popularity of Kinesiology tape is the variety of shapes and colours that are available. Bright pink and blue are some of the favourite KT tape colours and matching the colour to an athlete’s Olympic kit is making Kinesiology tape somewhat of a fashion accessory.

Available in pre-cut shapes or rolls of tape in a range of colours, Kinesiology tape appeals to a huge range of athletes. K-Active tape can be applied to many parts of the body including the shoulders, calves, back and thighs. The K-Active Kinesiology Tape Pre-Cut Lymphatic is ready to use and easy to apply to the thigh. Special pre-cut kinesiology tape is available as shoulder kinesiology tape, knee kinesiology tape and lower back kinesiology tape. KT Tape Kinesiology Therapeutic tape has really made a name for itself at the Olympics due to its ability to help treat hundreds of sports injuries, increase mobility and enhance performance.

If there is a pre-existing injury it is advised that Kinesiology tape is applied prior to sport or exercise as a preventative measure. KT Kinesiology tape can stay on the skin for a number of days but it is recommended not be worn for more than 5 days at a time. The length of time kinesiology tape will stay on the skin depends on where it is applied on the body. Due to the friction and movement surrounding the knees or feet for example, Kinesiology tape will usually last for around 2 to 3 days. When applied to areas such as the shoulders or back Kinesiology tape will usually stay on the skin much longer.

Kinesiology tape is available from Health and Care in a number of different cuts, colours and makes including K-Active Kinesiology Tape, KT Kinesiology Tape and Mueller Kinesiology Tape. The book Kinesio Taping for Lymphoedema & Chronic Swelling is also available to purchase from Health and Care which illustrates 108 kinesio taping application techniques.