If you’ve watched any of the 2016 Olympics or the past few years of Wimbledon you may have noticed some of the athletes wearing brightly coloured tape. This is Kinesiology tape (or Kinesio tape).
The tape first became popular in the late 1980s and has been used by athletes from a wide range of different sporting backgrounds to prevent and manage injuries.
The tape provides support to muscles and can therefore make joints feel more stable. This in turn can help to reduce pain levels, assist with the prevention of abnormal movement patterns (that often present as a result of pain), increase confidence and prevent further injury.
Kinesio tape is stretchy and therefore moves with your muscles and connective tissue. This means the range of movement in the joints and capability of the muscles is not restricted in any way. This is why it is so popular with athletes.
Kinesio tape is water resistant and porous so it can be left on the skin for up to 3 days. The tape should always be removed after 3 days to prevent irritation. If any irritation occurs then remove the tape immediately.
Your physiotherapist may use kinesio tape during your treatment session. They may ask you to purchase a roll of tape so you can use it yourself at home. Click the link at the bottom of this article to purchase the tape online.