Video: How to Apply Kinesio Tape with the Correct Amount of Stretch.
"I have used kinesio tape in the past, but this is my first time ordering through your company. I was thrilled when my package arrived within a week. There was also a personal hand written note thanking me for my purchase. They even put in some candy. In a society where customer service is consistently disappointing, it was refreshing to experience great personal service." AH (Arizona).
What does Kinesio Tape do?
Kinesio tape, also referred to by its other name Kinesio Tex Gold and now Kinesio Tex Classic and Kinesio Tex Gold FP, is a specially-designed heat-sensitive elastic tape that offers the patient or athlete extra support and stability during rehabilitation from injuries while allowing for full range of motion during daily activities.
Kinesio tape can be used for treating a variety of injuries and conditions such as:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Bicep Tendonitis
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- deQuervains Syndrome
- Elbow Bursitis
- Shin Splints
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Patellar Pain
Kinesio Tape is made of 100% high-grade cotton so it is breathable and latex-free. With proper skin prep and elastic stretch, the water-resistant variety should stay on the skin for three days or more after treatment application. Proper skin prep means that the skin area is free of oil, dirt, sweat, and even lotion prior to applying the tape.
The manufacturer, Kinesio USA, recommends that the tape be applied at least one hour prior to activity to allow the adhesive to set. Note, excessive body hair will affect tape performance and therefore should be shaved prior to tape application. Cutting the Kinesio Tex tape is easily handled with a good set of metal shears or bandage scissors.
Color Options of Kinesio Tape for Athletes
The colors currently available are Black, Beige, Blue, Red, and White and generally come in a water-resistant two-inch width, however, Orthoco also carries the Beige in both a one-inch and three-inch water-resistant format.
Some customers have asked if there is any "performance" difference between the colors because a few physical and occupational therapists insist that the Black Kinesio tex gold FP adheres the longest. The manufacturer has assured us that there is no performance difference between any of the colors. Do note that the Red Kinesio Tape appears to be more pink than traditional "fire engine" red (in our opinion). So if you're looking to purchase pink Kinesio Tape, just pick up a box or bulk roll of the red!
The Kinesio Taping Method
The Kinesio Taping Method was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase over three decades ago and is the gold standard in therapeutic taping treatment. It is utilized by occupational therapists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians, and chiropractors in a variety of settings: hospitals, clinics, high schools, universities, and both amateur and professional sports teams.
Please see the specifications in the item listings above in addition to educational books on the subject of Kinesio Tape and the Kinesio Taping Method.
What Our Customers Have Said About the Benefits of Kinesio Tape Therapy:
"Just wanted to drop a note to let you know that we have maintained you as our Kinesiotape supplier of choice for the simple facts that (1) your website is so easy to navigate, (2) ordering is very simple, (3) your prices are competitive, and (4) you have excellent customer service. Thank you for running such a professional organization and helping us get our jobs done with less stress!!" -M. Diaz, PT
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"I've not ever had trouble w/your company and getting my Kinesio tape in a timely fashion. Your prices are very competitive - and I usually get my order faster than promised. I use Kinesio tape almost daily for several 'ouchie' places I have - and LOVE it. I recommend the tape and you to people who ask/need it." - M. Bowen, KS
"Everyone I have contact with at Orthoco.com is so friendly and helpful! Customer service like yours is rare indeed these days". -P.P.
"Thank you for making ordering so easy and your delivery time is great!!!!" -L.J.
Additional Articles and Info on Kinesio Tape for Athletes:
- CKTP Locator- Locate a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner by zip code (U.S. and Canada).
- CNN: Kinesio Tape: The Latest Olympic Accessory...
- Horses, jockeys, and Kinesio Tape (we're not kidding, read-on): Walking Among Giants...
- NPR: Kinesio Tape Plasters Olympians...
- Kinesio Taping in Equine - Yes, horses use Kinesio Tape too.
Video: How to get your Tape to Stick better on the Ends.