K Tape

Do you like brightly coloured tape?

Having looked over the relatively easy topics such as foam rolling and ice baths, now comes the time for the slightly harder conversation but I am keeping it simple. This blog is all about the brightly coloured tape called Kinesiology Tape or K tape for short.

K Tape (KT) started with elite athletes wearing it but over the years it has become so mainstream that us weekend warriors can wear it. In the early days of KT there were only a coupe of firms producing it such as RockTape and KT Tape and you had to see a professional to have it applied. Whereas now you can buy it in Boots and even Lidls and Aldi, whatch Youtube and apply it yourself. (I would get advice from a professional before you use it and apply it for yourself).

‘What is KT?’ and‘Who developed it?’ 

  • KT is an elastic tape used for supporting sports injuries and other musculoskeletal issues.  A Chiropractor called Dr Kenso Kase  developed the taping techniques in the 1970’s.

 ‘How does it work?’.

  • It is claimed that the tape works by lifting the skin and thus elevating the subcutaneous space to allow increased flow of blood and lymph, (Wu et al, 2015, Williams et al, 2012,). The tape was given high profile media coverage when the tape was given to 58 countries for the use during the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, (Williams et al, 2012).

What can I use KT for?

  • You can use KT for sprains, strains, posture correction/awareness, muscle tears, patella tracking, for support, lymph drainage and swelling. Used for acute and chronic injury and rehabilitation.

What are the benefits for using KT?

Any grey areas with KT?

  • When it comes to pain the evidence is has mixed reports. Freedman et al, (2014) conducted a study looking in to the affect of KT on patients with Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome and them performing the single leg hop. The study found that KT provided immediate and statistically improvement in pain compared with a sham application of KT.
  • Cho et al, (2015) found that when KT was applied with the correct tension on the quadriceps that this led to a reduction in pain in patients with osteoarthritis.
  • Whereas Williams et al, (2012) and Aguilar-Ferrandiz et al, (2013) both state that there is no clinical important results that show that KT reduces pain. If there is an impact on pain than this might be a placebo effect.

Did you know?

  • You can also use KT on horses and this is becoming big business.