Kinesiology Tape (KT) is a one way stretch tape which when applied correctly can enhance lymphatic drainage and oedema reduction (Kase et al, 2003).
KT Tape is designed to have a similar elasticity to the skin and reflect the weight of the epidermis.(Boseman and Pillar, 2010).
It has been confused with athletic tape but the elastic properties of KT tape are very different in both its purpose and application.
KT tapes are made from a variety of materials and in a variety of different percentages but Haddenham Kinesiology tape (which I use) is 100% Cotton with a medical, heat sensitive, acrylic adhesive backing. The adhesive has a wave form pattern which allows the skin to breathe and enhance its effect.
Therapeutic effects of kinesiology taping.
Reduction of oedema.
Controlled muscle repair.
Reduction of haematomas.
Supports muscles during activity.
Addresses joint misalignment.
Reduction of abnormal skin sensations.