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Can Kinesiology Tape Harm Me?

The simple answer to this question is no; kinesiology tape will not harm you. But let’s delve a little deeper and have a look at precisely what kinesiology tape does.

The Plaster Cast

If you think about a traditional plaster cast for broken bones, it is imperative in this case that the cast is put on correctly. If it’s too tight, it can impede blood flow, and if it’s too loose, the bone can move and not end up repairing itself properly. The point of a plaster cast is to immobilise the injured area to give the body time to heal. So when it comes to something of that nature, there is a possibility it could be done wrong; however, kinesiology tape is quite different.

Kinesiology tape

The whole point of the tape is to allow the body to continue to move while being offered a small amount of support. It is simply there to speed up recovery, but it is not designed in any way to immobilise the body. The exact opposite is true; therefore, if by any chance you don’t end up applying it correctly, the worst it will do is be ineffective. It won’t make any injury deteriorate; it can’t hurt your body; it will simply do nothing. The only potential side-effect would be skin irritation caused by the tape. However, we are very careful to source every component of our type, and we make sure that the glue is hypoallergenic and kind to the skin.

Getting the Best

So the only issue we have to eliminate is an incorrect application, and as already confirmed, even that does no harm. So what we want to achieve is the correct application and, therefore, support of the area in question easing pain, adding relief and making it generally nicer to live with until it is recovered.

To make this the perfect at-home solution, we have created application guides for many different body areas and other conditions. Once you have ordered your tape, look at our free PDF guide and the specific sections on the website that correspond with the injury you are looking to support. One of the most important things you can do when preparing kinesiology tape is master the various kinds of cutting techniques, and again we have guides to all of these on the site and in the free PDF download.

It is also essential to pay attention to the suggested stretch you put on the tape before sticking it down. Sometimes the tape does not need to be stretched to give the best support; other times, you need to apply a percentage stretch. You can experiment with how easy it is to stretch the tape and therefore work out what a 50% stretch looks like once you have your order in your hands.

The Bottom Line

Kinesiology tape is a supporting at home way to help the body recover and recuperate faster. The incorrect application will simply do nothing but will not harm you in any way. If you are concerned about any reaction to the glue, a test piece will help you determine how you react.

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