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Have you ever seen someone running past you while their hamstring, shoulder, or shin was wrapped in a bright piece of tape? That is athletic tape, not fashion jewelry. This category of rehabilitation products is a standard method of pain management used by athletes and exercise enthusiasts for decades. Sports doctors and physiotherapists frequently recommend tapes because of how useful and practical they are for the user, thanks to technological advancements.
Any athletic bandage or ribbon fastened to a body part that has experienced an injury or inflammation is called “athletic tape.” It has been demonstrated that using the tape sparingly can speed up healing and support the injured area as it heals. Tapes like rigid tape, under video, and Coban bandages offer varying support, breathability, and flexibility. Unquestionably, one type of athletic tape that is gaining popularity is kinesiology tape.
Early in the 1970s, kinesiology tape was developed. It is entirely flexible and has been designed to feel like skin. Athletes use kinesiology tape, a heat-activated adhesive made of stretchy cotton material, to improve their performance and get dynamic support for sore or inflamed joints and muscles. Unlike many other athletic taping methods, kinesiology tape can be applied for up to a week, which shortens the healing time and is longer than many others.
There are many more benefits to athletic or kinesiology tape than we have listed here. If you want to try it out, these guidelines will help you apply athletic tape securely and effectively:
You may be easily excited about a non-invasive pain-management product, especially if you have a long history of pain. However, we suggest speaking with your physiotherapist first to get the most out of athletic tape. They will be able to assess whether athletic tape is appropriate for your injury and demonstrate how to wear it properly.
It might be advisable to take care of cuts or lesions, remove hair, and take care of other issues before applying the tape, especially kinesiology tape.
Learn the proper removal methods before applying tape to your skin.
Gold Medal Physiotherapy will occasionally, but only when necessary, recommend physiotherapy products to our patients. We do not recommend the purchase of athletic tape or any other products for rehabilitation without first speaking to a staff member. Incorrectly applied athletic tape may make an already painful injury worse. Find out if athletic taping is a good option for you when you visit your therapist next, or get in touch with Gold Medal Physiotherapy immediately.