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 yourself. 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 will help:
Apply the tape at least one hour before exercise to clean, warm, and dry skin. If necessary, clean required area vigorously to completely remove lotion, dirt, oils or moisturisers, (rubbing alcohol works well, though is not absolutely necessary.) If in a humid climate, apply tape indoors to ensure moisture does not interfere with adhesive while it sets. Clip excessive hair to 1/8” long for better adhesion.
Apply tape at least 60 minutes before athletic activity or showering. 2-3 hours is optimal.
For any application that requires cutting, make round cuts. Round corners stay on skin longer and reduce fraying in the tape.
Before applying tape, stretch the part of the body where the pain is presenting, according to written or video instructions. Failure to follow directions may cause the tape to pull excessively, resulting in premature loosening.
Rip the paper on the back of the tape to remove for application. When removing paper from tape, rip the back and only remove as needed for application – don’t touch the sticky side of the tape, if possible.
Apply directly to skin – not onto other types of tape – for stronger and longer lasting applications. (Obviously certain KT Tape applications will require the tape to overlay or cross-over other other pieces of KT Tape. This is perfectly fine.)
Do NOT stretch the ends of the tape. The first and last 1.5 to 2 inches of tape should always be applied with no stretch.
The latex-free adhesive activates/sets at just above body temperature. Before moving the taped body part out of position, use the waxy side of the backer paper to rub vigorously around all areas of the tape. Heat created from this friction rub activates the adhesive.s-without sacrificing comfort or freedom of movement.