Kinesiology Tape (video)

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Article by Physio Phebe

Kinesiology tape is becoming increasingly popular, but many people are still unsure how and when to use it. I’ll explain LP Support’s versions of Kinesiology tape, known as Maxtaping and Maxtaping A+

Kinesiology tape, in general, is designed to decrease pain and facilitate lymphatic draining by creating an effect of lifting the skin. The theory describes this effect to then enable more effective blood flow in and out of the area and the sensation of the tape on the skin affecting pain gate pathways. To create the effect, the tape is applied to the skin on stretch and allows for full range of movement without any restriction.

LP support Maxtaping is 100% cotton which allows for vertical stretch only and comes in rolls, as per the traditional version of kinesiology tape and is commonly used by therapists and sports trainers.

When applying Maxtape, have the body part positioned on stretch, lay the first 5cm down with no stretch to act as an anchor, then apply around 50% stretch, then laying down with no stretch for the second anchor. Use the backing tape to rub along the length of the tape to create heat to help activate the adhesive.

LP Support Maxtaping A+ is package into pre-cut pieces designed to be applied in a a 4-arc pattern allowing the individual to easily apply it without the assistance of a therapist or trainer. It comes in varying sizes for different body regions.

To apply Maxtaping A+, have the body part on stretch as able. Lay down the first anchor with no stretch, then 50% stretch, then no stretch for the second anchor. Then pull apart the individual strips. Then repeat with the second piece running perpendicular to the first.

Both versions of Maxtaping are hypoallergenic meaning they are gentle on the skin, however, should skin irritation occur, such itchiness or a rash, discontinue use and consult a doctor.

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