KT Tape (Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape) is a lightweight, comfortable tape that provides pain relief and support to injured areas of the body. It provides support without the bulk of standard wraps and braces. It comes as one-size-fits-all, but you can buy KT Tape either in pre-cut strips or a regular roll, and it comes in a variety of colors. If you live in Downingtown, PA, and the surrounding areas, and you’re seeking support for certain parts of your body, we encourage you to buy KT Tape.
How does KT Tape work?
When applied correctly, KT tape allows greater movements, prevents further injury, and helps recovery speed. It also reduces inflammation and increases circulation. KT Tape can be applied along tendons (soft tissue), ligaments, muscles, and joints. Most commonly used for athletic use, KT Tape can also be used for everyday injuries such as back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck or leg strains, and shin splints.
What is KT Tape made of?
The original KT Tape (original) is made of 100% cotton with specialized elastic.
KT Tape also consists of Matrix Mesh, which is a mechanical mesh weave that provides elasticity letting the tape to stretch in length but not in width. The mesh weave allows the tape to act as the skin would and move with your body to provide support without restricting the range of motion. The Matrix Mesh allows for moisture release, making the tape more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time. Moisture release also makes KT Tape waterproof so you can wear it while swimming, showering, or sweating. You can wear your KT Tape for days at a time, and it’s specially formulated adhesive is latex-free and hypoallergenic.
KT Tape Pro is made of 100% synthetic fabric and has a stronger elastic core than the original. The Pro has been engineered with durable, 300% stronger SecondSkin adhesive and lasts for up to 7 days of wear. It also has reflective safety designs, which are perfect for runners.
Tips for Applying KT Tape
So you buy KT Tape for the first time, and now it’s time to apply. What do you do? Here are a few tips.
- Make sure your skin is clean and dry. To get the best wear from your KT Tape, you can clean the area with rubbing alcohol before application.
- If you are applying KT Tape to a joint, be sure that the joint is fully bent. This way the tape will not pull from the skin when extended.
- Do not stretch the ends of the tape. If the ends are pulled, they will not stick as well.
- Set the adhesive firmly by pressing down all edges. It is best to apply the KT Tape 30 minutes before activity.
If you buy your KT Tape in-store, our professionals at Big Daddy in Chester County will be happy to show you the proper application. Do not use KT Tape if you have been diagnosed with cancer, as it may interfere with treatment. If pregnant, do not use KT Tape on the abdomen.
KT Tape has many advantages and different uses for professional athletes, novice gym goers, or anyone with pain or discomfort. Buy KT Tape at Big Daddy in Downingtown, PA, or order it online.