How to Apply Kinesiology Tape

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Precautions for Kinesiology Tape

Do not apply kinesiology tape on any skin surface that is damaged or broken.

Individuals with known sensitive skin should apply a "sensitive skin test piece" for up to 24 hours before a full taping. If skin irritation occurs, remove tape immediately.

How to Apply Kinesiology Tape

There is an art to application of kinesiology tape. You should seek the advice of a physiotherapist trained in the application of kinesiology tape for the most effective techniques and what kinesio tape is best for you.

Your Skin Preparation

Skin should be dry and free of any lotions, liniments etc. Clean with soap and water or rubbing alcohol. Ensure your skin is dry before applying. Remove excessive hair.

Preparing Your Kinesiology Tape

If using a roll of kinesiology tape round every corner when cutting to prevent edges from peeling prematurely. 

Avoid touching the adhesive side of the tape after removing the backing. 

  1. Apply anchor end (no tension)
  2. Apply therapeutic tension (as instructed by your physiotherapist).
  3. Apply anchor end (no tension).

Anchor points must be in contact with skin. Kinesiology tape does not stick to other tape.

Wearing Kinesiology Tape

Wait at a minimum of 1 hour before wet or sweaty activities. To dry tape after exercising, swimming or showering, simply pat your kinesio tape gently with a towel.  

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