1. What is taping?
Taping also called as kinesiology tape or k-tape is an elastic therapeutic tape made of elastic cotton with an acrylic adhesive that is used to treat pain and disabilities which arise while getting injured in any sport or if one is suffering from any physical disorders.
2. How is kinesio taping performed?
A specialist who is trained in applying k-tape has to be consulted before applying the tape. It can be applied in an X,Y, I or fan shape pattern depending on the specific problem and its location. One has to start by tearing the backing paper in the centre and slowly applying it without stretching too much hence for the first time use it is best to consult a therapist.
3. Why is taping performed?
Taping is done to provide support and stability to the joints and muscles provided their range of movement is not compromised. To facilitate the body's natural healing process this rehabilitative technique is applied.
4. What are the precautions to be taken while taping?
Precautions like the affected part should be clean and dry, there should not be any oil or lotions applied on it. If the area has excess hair then it should be trimmed or shaved before applying k-tape.
5. Is taping contraindicated in any condition?
Taping is contraindicated in case of an open wound, diabetes, deep vein thrombosis, active cancers, lymph node removal, delicate skin and any history of allergy especially to the adhesive.