What is Kinesiology Tape and Does it Actually Work?

Elite athletes use kinesiology tape, or KT tape, to help them treat and prevent injuries during performance. If you’ve watched a lot of sports, you may have seen an athlete or two wearing sticky tape somewhere on their body. That’s KT tape. It’s a great resource and a solution for muscle, joint, and tendon issues, particularly if you have an athletic performance ahead.

What Is Kinesiology Tape?

Kinesiology tape is extra-stretchy, quick-drying, and breathable tape. It is taped onto the body, moving with the tissue as you move. It can remain on the body for 3-5 days at most, staying on even during swimming and showers.

Dynamic tape, as the most famous biomechanical tape, is an excellent choice for people with sensitive skin. They are soft to touch, highly conformable, and eco-friendly. In addition, these water resistance tapes handle water well when applied correctly. 

How Does Kinesiology Tape Work?

If you buy kinesiology tape on our Black Friday sales at Lierre.ca and put it to use, you will feel first-hand how it works. KT tape lifts the skin and tissue up and away from joints and tendons. This decreases friction on pressure points and improves blood flow in the area. It also has an impact on pain signals moving back and forth from the brain to the area.

The further one delves into kinesiology tape, the more you’ll discover that it can work in a few different ways. There are stabilization strips and special decompression strips, and different application methods.

Who Uses Kinesiology Tape?

Kinesiology tape is used predominantly by athletes, but anyone can use it. It’s recommended to older adults recovering from knee replacement surgery and to many people post-surgery. It can be used by everyday people needing to calm sore muscles or muscles that have been overworked.

Does Kinesiology Tape Actually Work?

KT tape has been scientifically proven to do several things.

  • Reduce pain in the area.
  • Manage swelling and inflammation.
  • Increase circulation to the area.
  • Support the muscles and joints.

The main thing to remember about kinesiology tape is that there is a specific way to apply it. It’s not magical tape. It needs to be applied with certain instructions to work. Ideally, this is done by a professional who knows what they’re doing. Misapplied KT tape will mean it doesn’t do its intended job.

What Injuries Can Kinesiology Tape Help?

Kinesiology works but it is not a long-term solution to anything. If you are injured, there may be an underlying cause in need of addressing. Regardless, KT tape is used in several instances to help manage the following conditions.

  • Tennis elbow to relax the wrist extensor muscle group.
  • Post-shoulder dislocation to add stability to the shoulder.
  • Post-knee replacement surgery to decrease swelling.
  • To rest a hamstring strain.
  • After an ankle sprain to reduce swelling.
  • Knee pain to decrease stress and pain on the joint.
  • To support an upright trunk posture.


Buy high-quality kinesiology tape on Black Friday sale this month at Lierre.ca. Be able to apply KT tape when you need it and where you want, to mitigate pain and discomfort, and heal your body in response to athletics, injury, or surgery.

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