The I Strip is the most commonly used type of strip and is applied to many parts of the body to treat a number of diﬀerent ailments.
The I-Strip is one long, continuous piece of tape that has no cuts dividing it into parts. Our Tape is pre cut so you don't need to worry as the corners are nicely rounded but do remember to anchor with no stretch.
How long you will need your I-Strip to be will vary greatly, depending on the length of the muscle you are acempting to treat.
Usually I-Strips between 6" and 10" long will be used in most cases, but you may need up to 4 pieces of tape, if you are treating large surface areas and bigger muscles, to get the most out of treatment.
The Y Shaped strip is a piece of tape that has one long vertical cut dissecting it, that runs up to the middle section of the strip.
This type of taping style is mostly used to support weakened, torn, or damaged muscles, to reset joints and tendons, and to strengthen tissues and ligaments. Y shaped strips can also be applied to areas of scarring, as they can have a circulation boosting and decompressing effect on the toughened tissue, which will aid in the dissolution of raised keloid scars.
When using the Y Shape method, a variety of different degrees of stretch will be required, depending on the condition you are treating. Tape anchors should never be applied with any stretch and corners must always be rounded oﬀ.
The Fan Strip is normally applied in order to decrease swelling or decompress a contusion that has formed, and can be used on both small, and larger areas of the body.
This style of taping is achieved by crisscrossing I-Strips, and a more potent effect can be gained when repeating this multiple times.
You should always aim to treat the entire affected area with fan strips to get the maximum beneﬁt out of this taping method, and should never apply fan strips with any stretch.
Corners should always be rounded off with scissors, and anchors applied, also with a 0% stretch.
The Donut style is formed by making vertical cuts in the middle of a strip of tape, which also has a hole cut on the mid-section. The tape is then applied to the skin with the different dissected parts spread out in a circular fashion, to form the appearance of the donut shape which gives it its name.
Used commonly to redress incorrectly set joints, muscles, and tendons, it is perfect for large surface areas, but can also be applied to smaller parts of the body.
The Donut taping style can also be used to strengthen damaged tissue, particularly when worn over time, as it's decompression eﬀect can allow the body to heal faster, by removing the load carried by the tissues.
The X Shape method is formed by taking two strips and making a long vertical cut in both ends of each strip. The strips are then placed in a criss cross fashion over each other, with the anchors securely applied to the skin.
This application method is frequently used to treat wounded muscles, as it can provide the essential support they need in order to recover swiftly.
X Shape taping is also applied to reset and correct displaced joints and twisted muscles, as it can supply a ﬁrm yet ﬂexible structure that helps the body to heal.
As with all the other taping styles, the corners of your X strips should always be neatly rounded off with a pair of scissors.
Please do a test patch before applying kinesiology sports tape. Our tape is safe but as a precaution we recommend all our customers to do a test first. This way you can avoid any negative or allergic reaction.
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