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Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 .

As many of you will know, the extensive KT Tape product range comprises versions in both Cotton (Original) and Synthetic (Pro,) and in each case, we also provide it in a PRECUT and an UNCUT format.

The uncut tape is by and large used by clinical professionals for more the more complicated applications, whereas the precut (consumer) tape is specifically designed for everyday use by anyone who would like to learn how to tape themselves. This goes for some of the most common injuries we all suffer from at some stage. Injuries like: low back pain, neck/shoulder pain, tennis elbow, pulled hamstrings, ankle sprains, achilles tendonitis, and...

Posted by on Feb 09, 2015 .

Over the past couple of years, the traditional kinesiology taping principles have been evolving rapidly. The creativity out there is fantastic - Sports Physios as well as athletes, runners, tennis players etc - keep coming up with new applications or adaptations of already known applications. Kinesiology tape is being used more and more as athletic or sports tape.

We see kinesiology tape being used in assisting and protecting joint motion. This is just done in an attempt to limit the final degrees of normal range of motion to provide pain relief and a more secure function of a particular joint. This is not the original idea or...

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 .

When talking about KT Tape, or any kinesiology, sports, or athletic tape for that matter; one of the first questions that gets asked most often is: '...So how long will the tape stay on for?'

And our honest answer - particularly when asked in the beginning of  a conversation with a customer is: 'We simply don't know!'

As you might imagine, this very often raises an eyebrow, (or two,) from the person asking the question, frequently because they have actually already read somewhere that the tape will last 'up to 5 days' or even 'up to a week or more' and they want some sort of verbal confirmation or corroboration of these...

Posted by on Feb 09, 2015 .

A common example of one of the questions we get asked most frequently by potential customers is: “I'm not a runner but I have a sore knee. Can your tape help me?” To which of course the answer is, yes, it can !

 The reasons as to why we think people ask us this type of question are:  

1. KT Tape, (or Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape,) has for many years been referred to - rather confusingly - as 'sports tape' or 'athletic tape' But it is not just that! Far from it.

2. KT Tape is already widely used by athletes - both professional and amateur - and as such can often be seen on professional footballers, tennis players, and track &...

Posted by on May 05, 2014 .

Over the past few months, having worked on several major running events - I have encountered a great number of people suffering from various conditions - such as Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and runners knee.

Many of these people were suffering due to mal-alignment of the Tibio-tarsal joint - meaning the ankle joint. Often this mal-alignment is caused by untreated ankle sprains - or sometimes even minor strains/rolls.



For long distance running it is VERY important to have your feet verified by a Sports PT, an osteopath or a chiropractor. Excessive loading on a misaligned joint can provoque all sorts of pains and...

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 .

 

Runners knee, jumpers knee and other knee-related problems are very common in the sporting community of today. Amongst our very popular instruction videos the “General Knee Taping Application”- video is by far the most viewed.

The knee is a relatively complex joint. It’s a hinge joint with a kneecap (patella) added to assist the quadriceps function. It provides a better angle of traction on the lower leg, which results in a lot more strength to the movement without using more energy. However, repetitive and excessive loading to the quadriceps muscle complex will cause some kind of fatigue. With fatigue, the muscle looses...

Posted by on Apr 03, 2014 .

A client contacted us a while back with TMJ hypermobility. Problems chewing - laughing hurts, etc - here is our advice.

The TMJ is very unique and a complex joint - and I totally understand your approach to laughing !!!
 
Logically to get a bit more protection and support in the end range of motion - the position where you luxate or sub-luxate the TMJ - I would apply the tape with some stretch (maybe 50%) distally to proximal. The tension I will encourage you to adjust to your own liking. Furthermore - I just want to make sure that you do apply to both sides as tape only on one side can shift your bite.
 
By the way - have...
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