what's the best kinesiology tape?

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  1. mmaster

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    there seems to be several brands out there, has anyone tried some of them and know which one is superior to others? (KT, kinesio tex/gold, etc...)
     
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    I asked a trainer a similar question about kinesio tape and she said that they are all pretty good brand to brand but does not recommend that people do it by themselves since technique is the by far most important factor. An understanding of anatomy is key to placement and some areas (e.g. shoulders) are tough to do yourself because we you can't see, reach, or have two free hands.
     
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    KT is easier to apply since it is pre-cut, the regular Kinesio tape needs to be cut... also adhesives are slightly different so you might want to try both and see which one your skin tolerates better.
     
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    i can have a family member apply it for me. on KT's website, they got video instructions for every part of the body.

    i'm just weary of buying the KT tape because some reviews on the web say it doesn't stick that well.
     
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    actually, KT stick quite well and may be even better than original one...
    but I can wear it for as long as original one... adhesive seems to irritate my skin more.
     
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    Stay away from Rock tape.

    Kinesio tape, KT tape and SpiderTech tape are all good choices. I've only had issues with tape not sticking when I applied the tape within 30 mins of strenuous exercise. Apply the tape and hour or 2 prior to exercise and you should be fine. Prior to application, wash the skin and remove excess oil with rubbing alcohol. Follow instructions closely on the proper application of the tape. Be sure to rub the tape after application to help the tape adhesives to set.
     
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    so other than goran, you guys think it's okay to buy it even if you aren't a trainer right? the videos on KT website doesn't make it seem that hard.

    http://www.kttape.com/instructions/
     
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    ^ Kinesio tape is a bit trickier to use than the others (but possibly easier to customize). If you have access to a trainer that has experience with kinesiology tape, go with that for your first application.

    If not, do it yourself. Read the text and watch the KT tape videos several times. If you need someone else to assist with the application, make sure that they also read and watch 2 or 3 times. I've messed up a few times, but most of my applications were fine.

    I've had very good results using the tape for anterior shin splints and for my hip flexor pain. Moderate success, at best, for my knee and shoulder issues. I suspect that I have just way too much scar tissue in my shoulder Both the knee and shoulder issues are old injuries (nearly 20 yrs ago) that have come back to haunt me.

    What body parts/issues are you dealing with?
     
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    To add to that, make sure you don't stretch the ends.

    My first batch of KT Tape (2 x blue small rolls) didn't stick too well. I'm since on my second large roll of black, which sticks much better. I don't know if it's a colour thing, or if I just had a dodgy set to begin with.

    I apply myself regularly for my shins, and once had someone else apply it to my wrist. The videos are pretty good. The more you use it, the more you can feel what's supporting your body and so can fine tune it. In my case, I don't think a qualified professional would have helped, but then the application for the shins is pretty straight forward.
     
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    wrists, left ankle (that i severely sprained earlier this yr)
    sometimes shoulder/upper arm (rotator cuff problems)
    once in a while hip joint
     
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    ^ Wow, you're a mess. Sounds a lot like me. Good luck with the tape. As mentioned previously, it may work for some issues better than others. Some users have had better luck with the rotator application than I.
     
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    I'm really not sold on any of this tape stuff. All it seems to do if lift the skin up from the muscle. Not really sure how that helps a muscle. It doesn't make sense and sounds like snake oil tape to me. It's your money, have at it. If you think it works, great.
     
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    I had a player in a Futures event in 2001 who was going to have to deef because he pulled the tie-in between his spine and shoulder blade on a serve. As a S&V player, there was no choice, and the regular trainer couldn't help. Back then, only the Japanese trainers and a few Olympic Team Chinese doctors knew how to use it. China had four players in the event with a team doctor and a tennis pro from SF. The team doctor was trained in K-tape, and since all four of the Chinese team was practicing with us, he treated my players, who was able to practice that day, and was then taped before his next two matches. My player was also American, so the efficacy of the treatment, over-road any possible American prejudice towards Chinese without discussing lead paint in toys or melamine in milk.
     
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    when you see so many pro athletes using this stuff, you gotta think there's some credibility there, no?
    have you seen how many people are using this these days?
     
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    You don't believe in any sort of taping, or just don't believe in kinesiology tape?

    Regular athletic tape works by supporting the area and restricting movement. Kinesio tape is stretchy - it doesn't support to the same degree, but can do it in ways you can't achieve with athletic tape.

    It's not like a magnetic bracelet or other recent 'technology'. When you stick tape to yourself, you can actually feel the support. It's no magic fix, but it has alleviated my pain enough to keep me on the court.
     
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    I just bought some KT tape at Sports Authority today. It's thinner than I thought it would be and it's perforated which I don't like. I suffer from plantar fascitis in both feet. Hopefully this does the trick.
     
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    I see lots of athletes wearing that Power Band. It didn't do anything for me.
     
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    I assume that you are talking about the Power Balance and similar holographic wrist bands. At best, their effects are subtle. I believe that, like myself, athletes will wear it even if they do not truly believe that it does all that much.

    I do not believe that this is the case with kinesiology tapes. Athletes generally use the tape because they have some sort of injury (usually a mild to moderate injury) and need some way to minimize the pain while promoting good body mechanics. If they were not getting the results they desired, their injury would probably sideline them so they would tend to look for another solution.
     
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