Have you seen athletes and sports stars wearing brightly coloured tape? Well this is likely kinesiology tape. Kinesiology tape is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive that comes in lots of varying colours. It can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions.
Kinesiology tape is almost identical to the human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows kinesiology tape to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of your movement.
Kinesiology tape differs from other types of strapping tape in both form and function. Most types of strapping tape are non-elastic, and are wrapped tightly around an injured joint or muscle to provide rigid support and restrict movement. They can only be worn for short periods of time, after which they must be removed to restore movement and circulation.
Kinesiology tape, on the other hand, has unique elastic properties that allow it to provide dynamic support, protecting muscles and/or joints, while still allowing a safe and functional range of motion.
Rather than being wrapped completely around injured joints or muscle groups, kinesiology tape is applied directly over and/or around the periphery of these areas. This non-restrictive type of taping allows most applications to be worn for 4-5 days, allowing therapeutic benefits to accumulate 24/7 for the entire time they’re worn.
More and more athletes (professional or not) are now using kinesiology tape to improve their sporting performance, prevent injury and allow them to return to sport quicker.
At Hands On Sports Therapy & Injury Clinic we are Certified as level 2 RockDoc's through RockTapes education program. This gives us the knowledge and expertise to apply numerous Kinesiology techniques dependent of the desired outcome and include Symptom Reduction Taping (SRT), Oedema Control Taping (OCT), Dynamic Postural Taping (DPT) and the Power Taping Method (PTM) for sports performance.
We also stock a range of tapes from RockTape for you to purchase for your own application once shown how to do it in clinic. These are at a discounted rate from what you can get direct from RockTape.
5cm x 5m - £10 per roll
10cm x 5m - £20 per roll
Do you have an event or competition coming up and need an application of kinesiology tape? At Hands On Sports Therapy & Injury Clinic we offer short and cost effective sessions to do this for you without having to pay for a full treatment session.