Kinesio Tape Tips

We sell ‘Sport Tape’ a British brand of Kinesio Tape. We usually have in stock 5cm x 5m ¬£10, 5cm x 22m ¬£38 both in beige. If you want different colours we can get these in stock within 2 days.

 Important application tips

1: Never stretch the ends, always leave 2-3 cm with 0% stretch. This will help the tape stick. Also you can rub the tape after application to activate the glue better and apply a good 30 minutes before activity as your body heat will also get it to stick better.

2: Always round the edges at the end of each strip

3: There are 3 main tape shapes I, Y and Web

4: Direction of tape applied really does matter. You have to think about the recoil of the tapes stretch – if you want to aid in muscle relaxation then you need to go from the muscle insertion to origin (recoil comes back to the insertion) and if you want to help strengthen and support a muscle you need to go from origin to insertion (recoil comes back towards the origin) this also works for lymphatic drainage to help decrease inflammation.

5: The amount of stretch is vital for the effect you are after. On the backing sheet the tape already has about 15% stretch. The bigger the stretch the more supportive and restrictive it becomes and can also irritate the skin more. The area to be taped is usually put into a stretched position first unless you are wanting to restrict motion like hyper-mobility or to protect an acute injury.

6: The skin must be clean from any oils or lotions. It will stick to hairy areas with experienced users but if using a lot it may be better to shave the area.

7: The tape can stay on for 7 days depending on where the application is and what activity you are involved in. Applications to the feet and ankle usually come off sooner. Do not wear for any longer than 7 days. Never apply to broken or irritated skin.

Shoulder Rehabilitation

Last night Jenna went on an evening course about “shoulder rehabilitation: a message from distant parts” the speaker was Ian Horsley lead physio at the English Institute of Sport. This is perfect timing for our monthly newsletter which will be posted next week. I will share with you:

Why is stability better than strength?

Does the cause of a shoulder injury actually come from the shoulder itself?

Which two exercises should you be carfeul with in relation to the shoulder?

Plus a few great exercises to improve shoulder stability.

It was a great local course organised by Physio Louise Child, hopefully it will be the start of many in the Scarborough area.