CT Tape Sports & Kinesiology Tape for Sensitive Skin-Best Breathable, Latex Free, Pain Relief Therapeutic Recovery Tape-Athletic Performance Adhesive for Muscles, Knee, Shoulder, Ankle, Back

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CT Tape Sports & Kinesiology Tape for Sensitive Skin-Best Breathable, Latex Free, Pain Relief Therapeutic Recovery Tape-Athletic Performance Adhesive for Muscles, Knee, Shoulder, Ankle, Back

CT Tape Sports & Kinesiology Tape for Sensitive Skin-Best Breathable, Latex Free, Pain Relief Therapeutic Recovery Tape-Athletic Performance Adhesive for Muscles, Knee, Shoulder, Ankle, Back

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The use of kinesiology therapeutic tape is becoming increasingly popular for treating and preventing injuries and providing relief from muscle pain. It can be used without medication or surgery to help improve range of motion, posture, joint alignment and reduce swelling. KT tape is an easy-to-use sports recovery tool that has a variety of potential benefits for athletes and active individuals.

Individual research per condition is limited, Malek explains, but “KT tape with exercise has been shown to help treat plantar fasciitis,” a condition characterized by stabbing pain in the heel. In addition, the tape may cause irritation on sensitive skin, adds Campbell. While there are “sensitive-skin” brands available, if you have any irritation or skin discomfort, remove the tape immediately and wash the affected area with soap and water.

You may still be a little skeptical, but here’s everything you need to know about KT tape, what it does, and how to apply it safely, according to experts. How does KT tape work? After you’ve applied your KT Tape and you’ve finished the activities it was meant for, or if you’ve had your KT Tape on long enough that it’s time to remove it and replace it with fresh tape, there are only a few things you’ll need to know for safe removal. In general, removing KT Tape is quite easy and safe in most circumstances. Whitaker C, Stevelink S, Fear N. The use of facebook in recruiting participants for health research purposes: A systematic review. J Med Internet Res. 2017;19(8):e290. doi:10.2196/jmir.7071 [ PMC free article] [ PubMed] [ Google Scholar]

Ager AL, Borms D, Bernaert M, et al. Can a Conservative Rehabilitation Strategy Improve Shoulder Proprioception? A Systematic Review. J Sport Rehabil. 2020;30(1):136-151. doi:10.1123/jsr.2019-0400 [ PubMed] [ Google Scholar] The reported potential physiological mechanisms that occur with KT application are reported in Table 2. Most respondents believed that KT stimulates skin mechanoreceptors increasing proprioception (77%, n=834), lifts the skin to improve local circulation (69%, n=749), stimulates skin nociceptors resulting in pain modulation (60%, n=652), and creates a placebo effect (74%; n =798). Others indicated that KT application improves muscle activation and motor control (46%, n=501) and inhibits muscle activation (32%, n=345) when used in patient care ( Table 2). Cut the tape to the proper length depending on the injury or surface area, and trim the corners so the tape is rounded at each end. This will help prevent the edges from prematurely lifting and snagging on clothes.Windisch C, et al. (2017). Effects of Kinesio taping compared to arterio-venous Impulse System on limb swelling and skin temperature after total knee arthroplasty. Kase, K., Wallis, J., and Kase, T. (2003) Clinical Theraputic applications of the Kinesio Taping Method®. Ken Ikai Co. Ltd, Tokyo, Japan

Depending on the pain and severity, various application styles can help with the following common conditions. Meet the experts: Katherine Campbell, DPT, CPT, is a physical therapist and certified personal trainer at Blue Iron Physio. Winnie Yu, DPT, CPT, is a physical therapist and certified personal trainer at BeSpoke Treatments. Vanti C, Bertozzi L, Gardenghi I, Turoni F, Guccione AA, Pillastrini P. Effect of taping on spinal pain and disability: Systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials. Phys Ther. 2015;95(4):493-506. doi:10.2522/ptj.20130619 [ PubMed] [ Google Scholar]

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Lim ECW, Tay MGX. Kinesio taping in musculoskeletal pain and disability that lasts for more than 4weeks: Is it time to peel off the tape and throw it out with the sweat? A systematic review with meta-analysis focused on pain and also methods of tape application. Br J Sports Med. 2015;49(24):1558-1566. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2014-094151 [ PubMed] [ Google Scholar] A 2015 study showed that trigger point pain was reduced and flexibility increased for people when kinesiology tape and manual pressure were used together. Chao YW, et al. (2016). Kinesio taping and manual pressure release: Short-term effects in subjects with myofasical trigger point. For length of time wearing tape, most respondents (70%) recommended for clients to wear KT an average of two to three days with a maximum wear time of three to five days ( Table 5). These recommendation are consistent with research that has examined the effects of KT wear time of three to seven days on balance and functional performance among healthy individuals, 94 among individuals with myofascial pain syndrome and trigger points, 95–98 chronic ankle instability, 99 subacromial shoulder impingement, 100,101 rheumatoid arthritis, 102 knee osteoarthritis, 103 total knee replacement, 104 and lymphedema. 105 Studies have also been performed measuring hamstring extensibility, 106 increased local tissue temperature, 54 and quadriceps strength 107 in subjects wearing KT within this time range. Survey respondent recommendations for KT wear time seem to be in line with the research. Professionals should determine KT wear time on an individual basis and always monitor for side effects such as skin irritation or allergy, 77 and future research should examine how clinicians adjust wear time based on client need or clinical scenario. Ye W, Jia C, Jiang J, Liang Q, He C. Effectiveness of Elastic Taping in Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2020;99(6):495-503. doi:10.1097/phm.0000000000001361 [ PubMed] [ Google Scholar] Dr.Kenso Kase introduced kinesiology tape (KT) in the 1970s and healthcare professionals have since made it a popular intervention across different rehabilitation, fitness, and sports settings. 1 The tape is made of a cotton-base, with elastic properties and adhesive which allows it to be applied directly to the skin. KT is available in different sizes, widths, material, lengths (e.g.precut, rolls), and textures. Currently, numerous manufacturers, such as KT Tape®, Kinesio Tape®, and TheraBand® Kinesiology Tape, produce various types of tape to meet different therapeutic needs such as: sports, edema control, and neurosensory effects. Some manufacturers have expanded beyond tape production and provide professional continuing education and certification to practitioners who want to utilize KT in clinical practice.

Ramírez-Vélez R, Hormazábal-Aguayo I, Izquierdo M, González-Ruíz K, Correa-Bautista JE, García-Hermoso A. Effects of kinesio taping alone versus sham taping in individuals with musculoskeletal conditions after intervention for at least one week: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Physiotherapy. 2019;105(4):412-420. doi:10.1016/j.physio.2019.04.001 [ PubMed] [ Google Scholar] But how do you actually apply KT Tape to the knee? You can’t simply wrap it around the joint blindly and hope for the best. No, KT Tape has to be positioned with precision to ensure it’s supporting the right parts of your knee joint and stretched to the right elasticity before application so that it doesn’t provide too much or too little compression. To do otherwise means that all that athletic tape you just applied is either not doing the job or even possibly making things worse by pulling your knee joint further out of alignment, and the last thing you want is to make a knee problem worse because you didn’t know what you were doing! Cheatham SW, Stull KR. Knowledge of self-myofascial release among allied health students in the United States: A descriptive survey. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2018;22(3):713-717. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2018.01.015 [ PubMed] [ Google Scholar] Most respondents believed their preferred tension length created a therapeutic effect by enhancing proprioception and kinesthetic sense (59%, n=636), modulating pain (55%, n=599), increasing local circulation (43%, n=469), and enhancing myofascial mobility (23%, n=254). Forty-four percent (n=475) of respondents believed their preferred tension length provided a placebo effect ( Table 2). TBH, it’s best to meet with a trained professional to guide you through the application process and give injury-specific advice on first use to help maximize effectiveness, per Campbell. “If you find it helps, I absolutely recommend applying it at home, but you have to be sure you are fully educated and know how to apply it correctly,” she says.If you’re wearing the tape longer than a few days, it may begin loosening on its own. Here are some tips for getting the tape off without hurting your skin. Ortiz Ramírez J, Pérez de la Cruz S. Therapeutic effects of kinesio taping in children with cerebral palsy: A systematic review. Arch Argent Pediatr. 2017;115(6):356-361. doi:10.5546/aap.2017.eng.e356 [ PubMed] [ Google Scholar] Kinesio Tex Gold: This type is only available to trained professionals, so you’ll have to book an appointment with your doc or trainer for application, but the adhesive on this tape is designed for solid attachment/grip on smaller surface areas, says Yu.

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