This technique utilizes a thin, elastic cotton tape that can stretch up to 140% of its original length. As a result, if the tape is applied to a patient on a stretch greater than its normal length, it will recoil to create a pulling force on the skin. This elastic property allows much greater range of motion compared to traditional white athletic tape and can also be left on for long periods of time before reapplication. The tape is designed to mimic human skin, and imitates epidermis’ elastic properties. It is a latex free material with acrylic adhesive, which is heat activated. The cotton fibers allow for evaporation and fast drying and can be worn up to four days.
Benefits of kinesiology tape
- Correction of the alignment of weak muscles
- Facilitation of joint motion
- Improvement of joint proprioception
- Increase in blood flow
- Lowering of pain (stimulates mechanoreceptors, less nociception)
- Reduction of swelling (increases lymphatic circulation)