Taping Method is a therapeutic tool and a modality used in pain management, soft tissue injury, tissues and joints malalignment, oedema and more.
Kinesio Tex Tape contains either 100% cotton and elastic fibres or it can be a blend of them. The latter is a preferable choice for sensitive skin. Other characteristics include–
- Stretches up to 120-140% of its original length
- Heat activated adhesive
- Can be worn for several days
Type of Kinesio Tex Tapes-
- Kinesio Tex Classic: the original tape and the most universal as it can be used for all applications. It is ideal for use on healthy skin.
- Kinesio Tex Performance+: best for sensitive skin
- Tex Gold: good for low tension applications and available only for trained professionals.
- Kinesio Tex Gold Light Touch Plus- for children and older adults with fragile skin.
Basics of Application-
- Follow contraindications and precautions
- Apply the tape on dry skin. The skim should be free of oils and lotion
- Remove body hair if possible by trimming.
- Round all the edges of the tape.
- Once the tape is applied, activate the heat-sensitive adhesive by rubbing the surface.
- defer activities that cause perspiration for atleast 30 minutes.
- remove the tape if itching occur
When not to apply-
- Open wound
- Previous allergic reactions
Type of Application Stretch-
25-50% (deep fascia)
Benefits of kinesio taping-
- Increases range of motion
- Improves Function
- Decrease Swelling
- Reduces Pain
- Improvises quality of life
Advantages of taping-
- It is an optional modality for treatment
- Taping can be used on multiple patient populations,
- It can be used at various stages of rehabilitation
- Decrease in pain encourages movement and improves range of motion.
- Can be expensive when used for a prolonged period of time
- Can cause skin irritation or allergic reaction to tape