How to Apply Kinesiology Tape

How to Apply Kinesiology Tape

How to Apply Kinesiology Tape

Click for Printable Version. Kinesiology tape is water resistant, yet breathable, allowing it to be worn for exercise, showering, or swimming. It dries quickly and seldom causes skin irritation. When properly applied, most kinesiology tape applications will last from 3-5 days. If you follow these tips on how to apply kinesiology tape, you will get the most benefit from each application.

Preparing the Skin

Skin should be completely dry and free of any lotions or oils. Wipe the entire area with rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer or a pre-taping product like RockSauce. Apply tape at least 1 hour before sweating, swimming or showering. If applying after exercise, ensure that perspiration has completely stopped before applying tape. Small amounts of body hair will not interfere with the effectiveness or adhesion of the tape. Areas with significant amounts of hair should be clipped close to the skin for best results – and for less pain when tape is removed!

Preparing and Applying the Tape

General - K-tape can only be applied once, so avoid touching the adhesive side of the tape. To avoid skin irritation, the ends of each strip should be applied with no stretch. Make sure all ends are applied to skin, not to other pieces of tape. After applying, rub tape briskly from the center to the ends to activate the adhesive. Do not rub from the ends toward the center, or you may cause the ends to peel away from the skin. Cut tape with sharp scissors, being sure to round all corners to prevent ends from peeling prematurely. Tear the backing 2-3” from one end to create an ‘anchor’– the first part that will be applied. Apply the anchor end with no stretch in the tape, leaving the rest of the backing intact. Continue peeling the backing away in small segments as you apply the tape. Removing too much backing at one time can result in tape sticking to itself, and ruining the application. Precut Applications - Tear the backing at every serrated line before applying tape. Carefully follow instructions from product package, video or instruction manual. Precut Strips – some brands have a serrated backing to create Y or edema strips, but others do not. If the backing is not serrated, fold it along cut lines, then tear carefully before removing. Apply anchor end, then remove backing from one section at a time and apply.

Wearing the Tape

Try to keep clothing or equipment from rubbing on the ends of the tape. To dry tape that has become wet, pat gently with a towel. Do not use a hair dryer – the adhesive is heat-activated, and may become difficult to remove. Any ends that begin to peel can be trimmed with scissors to prevent further peeling.

Precautions

Do not apply kinesiology tape on any skin surface that is damaged – this includes scrapes, cuts, burns, sunburn or any type of rash or irritation. Individuals with sensitive skin should apply a test piece for up to 24 hours before a full taping. If skin irritation occurs, remove tape immediately. Do not overstretch the tape, especially at the ends. When the ends of the tape are applied to the skin with stretch, they can pull on the skin and cause rashes or even blistering.

Dealing with Skin Irritation

Kinesiology tape is made from cotton with a hypoallergenic acrylic adhesive. It contains no latex or medications, decreasing the likelihood of skin irritation. Individuals with extremely sensitive skin, however, may still experience rash, itching or irritation. There are also special gentle adhesive tapes available for those with sensitive or fragile skin. In addition, the following products have been reported to minimize skin irritation when applied and allowed to dry prior to tape application: Benadryl® Itch Stopping Gel, Maalox® or Tens Clean Coat Skin Wipes.

Removing Kinesiology TapeRemoving the Tape

Remove tape in the direction of hair growth, which is usually away from the center of the body on the trunk, and in a downward direction on the arms or legs. To minimize discomfort, press the skin at the end of the taped area while gently peeling tape back. Tape that is still strongly adhered to skin may be loosened by soaking with baby oil, vegetable oil or Perform-Lift Adhesive Remover for 5-10 minutes before removing.

 If Tape Won’t Stick

Check that all skin and tape preparation and application guidelines above were followed. It can be difficult to get tape to stick well on areas that sweat heavily, like the soles of the feet. Areas that are rubbed by clothing or equipment, or receive repeated body contact are also hard to get tape to stick to, despite the best precautions. In these cases, an adhesive spray such as Kramer Tuf Skin can be used to help tape stick. Spray lightly where tape will end, wait until area is tacky, then apply tape. Buy Kinesiology Tape  

How to Apply Kinesiology Tape

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Kinesio Taping Perfect Manual

$39.99

If you are a home user wanting to learn how to apply Kinesio Tape, this manual is for you. It was developed for the general population and requires very little knowledge of anatomy or medical terminology. It provides easy-to-follow instructions for taping a variety of common conditions, including low back pain, flat feet, neck pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and charley horse.


Includes step-by-step photographs depicting the various stages of taping for each condition.


6"x8" softcover
132 pages



Illustrated Kinesio Taping Manual

$39.99

This manual covers the essentials of taping for a wide variety of injuries and health conditions. Its step-by-step approach to the Kinesio® Taping Method includes clear, hand-drawn illustrations indicating exactly how and where to apply Kinesio® Tex Tape. Anatomical drawings of the underlying structures help readers understand the intent of each taping. A 7-page introduction explains Kinesio Tape theory and basic techniques.


Illustrated KinesioTaping is directed toward individuals with a basic understanding of anatomy and medical terminology.


4th Edition
8.5" x 11" softcover
Spiral bound, 107 pages



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PerformPrep Skin Cleaner

$18.99

PerformPrep Skin Cleaner is used to prepare the skin for the application of kinesiology tape, athletic tape or medical tape. It gently cleans the skin, removing oils, lotions, sweat and residue that could prevent tape from sticking properly. PerformPrep\'s gentle, environmentally friendly formula includes moisturizing ingredients to maintain skin\'s natural pH balance and minimize the chance of irritation.



  • Safe for all ages and skin types

  • hypoallergenic formula uses environmentally-safe ingredients

  • Does not dry skin like alcohol swabs

  • Improves tape adhesion

  • Light, pleasant scent


Directions for Use::
Hold can 3-4 inches from skin and spray entire area to be cleaned. Gently wipe the area with a clean paper or cloth towel. Apply tape when skin is dry.


Warning:
Use only as directed. For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes, open wounds, abrasions and mucous membranes. If swallowed, seek medical advice immediately and show this container or label. Keep out of reach of children. If rash or irritation develops, discontinue use and consult a physician.


For optimum taping results, use the entire PerformTex Taping System:
PerformPrep Skin Cleaner
PerformStik Tape Adherent
PerformLift Adhesive Remover

GO Tape - 20 Precut Strips - Red
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GO Tape - 20 Precut Strips

$9.99 $14.99

Each 16 foot (5m) roll contains 20 tear-off strips. Each strip is 10" long unstretched, which is an ideal length for many kinesiology taping applications. Most common injury applications require only two strips of tape, making Go Tape Precut Strips both economical and convenient.

GO Tape is made from a high thread-count fabric with an advanced elastic core that increases the strength, durability and elasticity of the tape. The patented All-Performance™ acrylic adhesive produces wear-times of 5-7 days, equivalent to other "strong adhesive" k-tapes that cost much more.



    • each 5 meter (16\') roll contains 20 precut 10" strips - ready to tear off and apply

    • long-lasting adhesive stays on 5-7 days

    • shower, swim or sweat as much as you want - GO Tape keeps on going

    • high tensile elastic core for superior support without restricting movement

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PerformStik Tape Adherent

$18.99

PerformStik is the only tape adherent designed specifically for use with kinesiology tape. Unlike other spray adherents designed for athletic or rigid tape, PerformStik creates an elastic or “moving” tacky surface on the skin to greatly improve tape adherence without affecting the properties and effects of kinesiology tape. Highly recommended for use in athletics, contact sports, activities causing heavy perspiration, pool use and high-humidity locations. NOT recommended for pediatric or geriatric populations.



  • Hypoallergenic formula made from environmentally-safe ingredients

  • Quick drying formula

  • Adjustable spray nozzle for precise application

  • Maximizes tape adhesion under extreme conditions


Directions for Use:
Holding can 3-4" from skin, spray a light layer over the area to be taped. It is usally not necessary to spray the entire area, but just the anchor points where each strip ends. Wait a few seconds until the sprayed area feels tacky, then apply tape.


Warning:
Use only as directed. For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes, open wounds, abrasions and mucous membranes. If swallowed, seek medical advice immediately and show this container or label. Keep out of reach of children. If rash or irritation develops, discontinue use and consult a physician.


For optimum taping results, use the entire PerformTex Taping System:
PerformPrep Skin Cleaner
PerformStik Tape Adherent
PerformLift Adhesive Remover

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RockTape HookGrip Tape for Thumbs

$20.00

HookGrip tape is designed to protect the thumbs of weightlifters when using the hookgrip* technique. Instead of a standard 16\' roll of RockTape, HookGrip Tape is precut into 32 strips, each 2" wide by 6" long - the perfect size for any thumb. Strips tear off easily for quick application. THat means less time taping and more time lifting!

  • protects thumbs and enhances grip during high volume barbell lifts
  • approved for use in all competition as long as thumb tip is not covered
  • developed with CrossFit legend Jason Khalipa, exclusively for RockTape
  • 32 strips = 16 lifting sessions per roll
  • 2" (5cm) width works for all thumbs
  • no scissors required - just tear off and apply

* Hookgrip - a method of holding a barbell by gripping the thumb between the barbell and the fingers, increasing grip strength when performing heavy lifts

RockTape Precut Strips - 20 Strip Rolls

$22.00

Best selling RockTape is now available in rolls of precut strips. No need for scissors or cutting - just tear off one or more strips and apply.

  • 2" x 10" strips are the ideal size for many applications
  • Each 16\' (5m) roll includes 20 strips in its own dispenser box
  • Each roll comes a full-color poster with instructions for a variety of applications

ROCKTAPE has a tighter weave, greater elasticity and stronger adhesive than other kinesiology tapes. It stays on longer and provides enhanced support, even under the toughest conditions. It can be used to apply either compression to promote recovery, or decompression to relieve pain and swelling. This makes it a multipurpose tape for both therapeutic use and for performance enhancement. 

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KT Tape Recovery Patches for Swelling & Inflammation

$9.99

The KT Tape Recovery+ Patch is a groundbreaking product for the treatment of swelling, inflammation and bruising. The unique one-piece design makes it possible to apply an effective edema application in less than a minute. Simply remove the backing from the center part of the application and apply over the affected area. Then remove the backing strip from the outer edge and smooth the tape down. Compare this to the tedious process of cutting and applying hand-cut fan strips and you\'ll understand why this is a game changer!



    • Can be used on any part of the body

    • Effective for acute or chronic conditions

    • No measuring or cutting required

    • Simple 2-step process for fast and easy application

    • No training necessary to apply effectively

    • Provides 24/7 therapy up to 3 days

KT Tape Recovery+ Ice/Heat Therapy System

$49.99

KT Tape\'s KT Recovery+ Ice/Heat Compression Therapy System is like having your own personal, portable trauma kit. Whether you prefer heat therapy, cold therapy or need to alternate, Ice/Heat has you covered. It contains:



  • 1 5" x 9" reusable heat pack

  • 1 5" x 9" reusable ice pack

  • 1 instant ice pack for emergencies

  • 1 adjustable wrap that fits any body part

  • 1 nylon carry bag


The versatile, adjustable wrap is a key component in the system. It keeps the ice/heat where you need it, so you can move freely during ice or heat therapy. The velcro fasteners allow you to apply as little or as much compression as you want, while the insulated pocket maintains optimal temperatures longer, allowing for more effective treatment.

CureTape Punch Single Roll and box - Pink CureTape Punch Single Roll and box - Pink
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CureTape Punch 2" X 16" Single Rolls

$14.50 $14.99

CureTape Punch comes in standard size 2 inch X 16.5 foot rolls. While it uses the same premium quality cotton and gentle but powerful adhesive as Classic CureTape, CureTape Punch has alternating rows of 2 and 3 holes punched into the tape, which gives it some qualities that are unique among kinesiology tapes.


The punches allow the tape to stretch along the height and the width, and allows the tape to apply pressure 3-dimensionally. This means that the tape provides increased stimulus and stretches skin and fascia due to the variations in pressure and stretch created by the openings, which has an increased effect on neurolymphatic and endorphine analgesic systems in the areas where it is applied. The openings also allow for greater ventilation of the skin, and allows the tape to dry more quickly after getting wet. 

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PerformTex Pediatric Kinesiology Tape

$12.99

PerformTex Pediatric Kinesiology Tape is the first tape developed specifically for children and infants. It features a gentle "easy off" adhesive that removes easily and won\'t irritate sensitive skin, yet is strong enough to handle the wear and tear of active little people. With it\'s soft cotton fabric covered with monkeys and flowers, "Monkey Tape" will quickly become a favorite with all small patients. Perform Tex Pediatric Tape can also be used by young-at-heart individuals or monkey lovers with sensitive skin!

Great for abdominal support, toe clawing, supination/pronation issues, improvement of oral motor skills, swallowing and feeding disorders, scoliosis, postural support and cerebral palsy conditions, just to name a few. The only limit is your imagination.

  • 100% cotton, with no medications and no latex
  • gentle, "easy off" adhesive for no-ouch removal
  • stays on through bathing, swimming and playing
  • can be worn up to 5 days
  • 10-12 applications per 2" x 16\'

SpiderTech PreCut Hamstring Tape

$6.99

The SpiderTech Hamstring Spider relieves pain, inflammation and spasms in the hamstring muscles in the back of the thigh. It has a wide base that is applied just below the gluteal area and extends down the thigh almost to the knee. It can help with:



  • Strained or \'pulled\' hamstrings
  • hamstring tendinitis
  • torn or ruptured hamstrings
  • weak or imbalanced hamstrings
  • hamstring cramps or spasms
  • hamstring pain or stiffness from overuse
  • recovery after hamstring surgery



* Contains 1 single-use application with 3-5 day wear time.

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Theratape Edema Strips Variety Pack

$13.99

Kinesiology tape edema strips are used to reduce swelling, edema, bruises and contusions. Also called fan cuts, these precut strips have several thin "tails" connected to a solid anchor end. The individual tails are positioned over an area of swelling with the anchor end in the vicinity of lymphatic drainage ducts. The tape gently lifts the skin, allowing fluid to drain away from the swollen area through the lymphatic system. This variety pak provides a selection of precut edema strips in assorted lengths and widths from 3 different manufacturers, allowing you to experiment to see which style is best for your condition. If you\'re not sure which brand or size is right for you, this is a great product to start with. Each pak contains:



    • Nasara 2" x 8" Edema Strips (3)

    • Nasara 2" x 10" Edema Strips (3)

    • Kinesio Tape 2" x 12" Fan Cuts (2)

    • RockTape 4" x 10" Edema Strip(2)

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Genesis K-Motion Uncut Roll - Beige Genesis K-Motion Uncut Roll - Beige
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Genesis K-Motion Kinesiology Tape Uncut Rolls

$17.50 $22.00

K-Motion with Copper Infuzion™ is the only kinesiology tape with copper infused into the fabric for enhanced comfort and therapeutic benefits. Copper bracelets have been worn for centuries to relieve joint pain. Now with K-Motion kinesiology tape, you can have the benefits of copper anywhere you need it! Copper also has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, which reduces skin irritation and helps K-Motion tape remain odor-free, even when worn for several days. Applied correctly, it provides pain relief, increased support and added stability for injured or weakened muscles, delays fatigue and can ease joint soreness. All without sacrificing your comfort or freedom of movement.



  • 2" x 16.4\' roll provides enough tape for 8-12 average applications

  • Hybrid cotton/synthetic fabric stands up to any environment without breaking down

  • Proprietary, low-residue adhesive provides maximum adhesion with no mess

  • Provides up to 5 days of continuous support and drug free pain relief

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Nasara 8" 15 Pack Edema Pack and Half Extended Fan Thumbnail Nasara 8" 15 Pack Edema Pack and Half Extended Fan Thumbnail
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Nasara QuickStrips - Precut Edema Strips

$12.99 $14.99

Edema Strips are a safe, comfortable way to reduce swelling and bruising. Simply apply this light, elastic tape over any swollen area and it immediately goes to work increasing lymphatic drainage. Also called fan strips because they are applied in a fan pattern over the area of swelling or bruising, many people simply call them magic strips because they work so well and so quickly. Select a size to completely cover the affected area

Customize your selection to fit your needs:



    1. Select strip length - 8" or 10"

    1. Select quantity - 15-pack or box of 50

    1. Select color - beige or black



*Not all option combinations are available. If you do not see your desired option in any dropdown list, try changing one or more of the previous options.

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5-Pack Kindmax Precut Calf & Achilles Support

$34.95

Easy-to-apply kinesiology tape support for calf or achilles tendon pain. Illustrated step by step instructions in every package. Great for:



  • Achilles tendinitis

  • Strained or fatigued calf muscles

  • Calf cramps or spasms

  • Ruptured or torn plantaris

  • Recovery after surgery


* Contains 5 packages, each with 1 single-use application with a wear time of 3-5 days.

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