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How to Use Kinesiology Sports Tape

If you are wondering how to apply your kinesiology sports tape then have a look at our handy guide below. This information is also available in our free PDF which you will find in the shop and you can download to keep forever.

  1. First pinpoint the specific muscles that are sore or painful, in the part of your body where you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or fatigue.

  1. Ensure your skin is washed, shaved, dry, and free of oil and grease in the area you will be applying the product, to prolong wear and prevent the tape coming loose.

We recommend using a safe degreasing agent like surgical spirit and gently dabbing it on your skin before applying KINESIOLOGY SPORTS TAPE, to get the most out of the product and to extend wear aaer you apply.

  1. Cut the tape to the appropriate length for application on the area you wish to treat, and prepare the right amount of strips, carefully rounding up the corners with a pair of scissors.

  1. Get your tape anchors ready. These anchors (roughly 1.5 inches from both ends), should not be stretched when you apply them. To prepare your anchors, peel off the backing, going down to the second anchor point. There is no need to worry about tearing the tape as it's made to be both durable and ultra-flexible.

  1. Prepare the tape, either with or without stretch, depending on what is recommended in the taping methods guidelines for your condition. As a guide, 0% equals no stretch needed, 100% means maximum stretch is required.

To achieve maximum stretch, expand the tape completely. Once you have mastered these two points, you will be able to intuitively alter the stretch of the tape to achieve the other percentages.

After stretching appropriately, apply the KINESIOLOGY SPORTS TAPE treatment strip,making sure to carefully place it level on the skin. Once you have applied the treatment strip, peel off the anchor backings and apply the tape anchors, without any stretch. Be sure to place the tap smoothly & check it is lying flat on the skin, so you avoid forming wrinkles, which can exacerbate blisters & sores.

  1. Once you've placed the tape on the treatment area, rub or apply warmth for a short period. Doing so will activate the heat-sensitive adhesive and encourage KINESIOLOGY SPORTS TAPE to bond to your skin securely.

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