Wednesday, July 20, 2016

KT tape? Rock tape? What tape?

*This post is based on my own opinions and personal experiences.
This is not a sponsored post.*

If you spend a lot of time in the workout world or even just spending time at a chiropractors office, you may have noticed the fluorescent strips taped on some athlete's or fellow patients legs, knees, ankles, shoulders, backs, etc.

This special tape is called Kinesio tape (you may hear it referred to as "KT tape" or "Rock tape", but those are just a few brands) and it's used for medical reasons. It is said to ease pain, reduce inflammation, support muscles, and boost athletic performance.

When I was in sports, I wish I had known about this stuff. But, is it too good to be true?

Does It Work?

Just like graston, for me... it does. I was introduced to it the same day I was introduced to graston... by my chiropractor.

It worked for what I needed it to work for. It was placed on my low back to help support my muscles after going through another treatment, graston. Click here to find out more about graston. I believe it lives up to the hype, based on my own experiences. I'm not sure if it increased my blood flow, improved my circulation, or reduced my inflammation, but I am positive that it helped support my muscles after therapy sessions.

Shortly after I started using it myself, did I start to notice athlete's were wearing it in football games, soccer games, etc. I didn't know it was so popular. I've seen David Beckham wear it during games.

I think the colors are just for show, but you can cut the tape in any shape or form. The website provides different ways to position the tape to help you have the ultimate muscle support for whatever you are doing.

How Long Does It Last?

I think this is different for everyone as well. It depends on how oily your skin is throughout the day. I've taken multiple showers with my KT tape and it doesn't come off. I've gone to the gym and had sweat dripping off of me and the tape stayed in place. The first time I had it, I was so sore from graston, that I was unable to take a shower for a few days (it was also not long after the accident - so graston wasn't the only reason for pain). The KT tape stayed on for three days.

This isn't always the case. I know fellow patients of mine that the tape only lasts a day. I would say make the most out of it while you have it on OR you can purchase your own at any retail store. Be sure to check the website to see where they sell their products.

You can also cheat a little and check out Amazon for similar products for a sliver of the price. Click here to see the different brands, as well as different prices. I suggest buying a roll that isn't already cut into strips for you, to help you better gauge how much you want to use on your body.


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