KT Tape Tips: Healthcare professionals have been teaching patients for years how to apply kinesiology tape themselves.
Don’t be afraid to jump in and just go for it the first time you try and
tape youself. It generally takes 3 or 4 times to get comfortable with
taping before you’ll be taping like the pro’s. Here are a few tips that
Make sure the skin is clean and
dry, free from lotions/oils (suntan lotion, skin conditioner, topical
treatments, etc). We’ve even found that some bath soaps have
moisturizers in them that leave a residue behind, so if you want to play
it safe just clean the skin with rubbing alcohol before applying.
If applying KT Tape on a joint, be
sure the joint is in a fully bent position. If the tape is applied over a
knee or elbow in an extended position the tape will pull off as the
joint is moved.
Never stretch the first or the last
of the tape on either end. The tape on the ends should be applied
directly to the skin without stretching, otherwise it will pull up and
will not stick.
Lastly, be sure to set the adhesive
by firmly rubbing the tape & make sure all the edges are down. For
best results apply the tape 30 minutes before athletic activity
*Do not use KT Tape if you have been
diagnosed with cancer as it may interfere with treatment and disease
management strategies employed by your medical professionals.
*Do not use KT tape on abdominal applications if pregnant.