How does kinesiology tape work?

Since we launched our thinking has continually evolved. Everyday we see the results of SPORTTAPE FLEX, however if the truth be told the evidential science behind the tape is somewhat lacking, so until it catches up here are our thoughts...

Kinesiology Taping Method

Although kinesiology taping has been used by millions of people worldwide, its popularity has been gained through its clinical effectiveness in reducing pain and enhancing performance rather than hard scientific evidence. Several theories exist as to how kinesiology tape works however none have proved conclusive. To that effect we are committed to encouraging this process by supporting several exciting research projects by top clinicians throughout 2013 & beyond. This simple graphic illustrates the theory before and after the application of SPORTTAPE FLEX when used for a kinesiology taping method. How Kinesiology Tape Works
  • Reduce pressure on painful areas - SPORTTAPE FLEX can be applied to relieve tension in weakened or inflamed muscles and tendons reducing the pain and potential for further damage caused by overuse or if you want to actively engage in rehab.
  • Improve your ability to move - depending how the tape is applied it is thought to activate stretch receptors in the soft tissue which feeds back to our higher brain centres. This positively influences the control of muscle tension by activating muscle spindles. This in turn improves our ability to flex and respond to the stresses and strains of increased activity and improves our muscular endurance.
  • Promote blood flow and lymphatic drainage, when applied to the skin with stretch the tape naturally wants to recoil. As a result it lifts the skin and fascia to allow blood and lymph flow to increase which is thought to speed up the heeling process.

Dynamic Support

SPORTTAPE FLEX is constructed from organic elasticated cotton fibers that provide unilateral 150% stretch- allowing the tape to stretch in length but preventing the tape from stretching in width. This degree of flexibility provides sufficient support to recovering joints and tendons without being restrictive thus allowing active rehab. Unlike traditional rigid tape it can relieve pain and improve function without restricting our muscles ability to move freely. This can also lead to improved blood flow with the end result being a reduced negative impact on those sensitive areas.

Second Skin

Our unique EXTRA STICKY formula means that SPORTTAPE FLEX lasts through harshest of conditions and most extreme sports, many athletes now use SPORTTAPE FLEX as a second skin. Taping areas that are prone to chafing or irritation such as heels and hands.