What is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesiology tape is a stretchable and thin medical tape that can be used to treat a number of foot, ankle and leg injuries. It is similar to human skin in elasticity and in it’s thickness. Compared to standard sport tape, it can be worn with much less skin irritation, without constricting movement or feeling too tight.
What Makes Kinesiology Tape Better than Regular Tape?
Old style athletic tape is wrapped tightly around an injured body part in an attempt to rigidly support and restrict movement. It cannot be left on for long periods due to excessive motion restriction and skin irritation. It should never be left on for more than 12 hours. Kinesiology tape, however, is very thin and flexible, so that it can provide dynamic support while still allowing a functional and safe and range of motion. Instead of being wrapped completely around an injured body part, kinesiology tape is applied directly over the injured area. Most applications can be worn 4-5 days, even during intense exercise, showering, bathing or swimming.
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