Why Are Athletes Wearing Colorful Tapes?

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If you have been watching marathons, track and fields, or triathlons, you have probably noticed some athletes wearing colorful tapes on various parts of their bodies. If you are a seasoned runner, you could probably relate to this stuff.

It is kinesiology tape – a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. Therapeutic kinesiology tape that can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions.

For the first decade after its introduction practitioners in Japan were the main users of the therapeutic kinesiology tape. By 1988 the tape had been adopted by Japanese Olympic and professional athletes before spreading across the world.

Tmax Kinesiology Tape leads a better athletic life

A Japanese chiropractor made the first elastic therapeutic tape and taping method. This taping method gently lifts the layer of skin and attached tissue covering a muscle so that blood and other body fluids can move more freely in and around that muscle. Tmax Medical realized the surprise function of kinesiology tape. So that Tmax Medical made premium kinesiology tape, “Tmax Tape”, giving more effects of this taping method.

How does Kinesiology Tape work?

Kinesiology tape is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows kinesiology tape to be worn without binding, constricting or restricting your movement. It is used for treating athletic injuries and a variety of physical disorders.

When kinesiology tape is applied to the skin over an inflamed area, the tape gently lifts the skin, creating a space between the skin and the tissues below. Due to the increased space between the skin and tissues, the pressure on the pain receptor will be reduced. This helps to decrease pain and swelling in the injured areas. It also helps to improve blood and lymph circulation.

Do these colorful tapes improve athletic performance?

Although it contains no medications or topical substances, kinesiology tapes can effectively relieve both acute and chronic pain. Its elasticity lifts the skin slightly, which immediately reduces pressure on sensitive pain receptors under the skin. 

Additionally, reduced pressure on the lymphatic drainage channels enhances the removal of fluids and other materials that collect in an injured area. This applies not only to sports injuries, but also to post-surgical recovery and other inflammatory conditions, including lymphedema.

Fatigued, overused muscles contain lactic acid that contributes to pain and stiffness and limits the ability to continue exercising. The kinesiology tapes prevent and relieve muscle spasms and cramps by enhancing circulation that improves delivery of oxygen and nutrients to fatigued or overused muscles.

This is one of the most important benefits of kinesiology taping for competitive athletes. Depending on how it is applied, kinesiology tape can prevent either overstretching or over-contraction of injured muscles. When combined with its pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties, this can allow athletes to continue training as their injuries heal.

Neck Pain

  • Lower head and stretch the neck as much as possible.
  • Anchor “Y” strip at the center of the upper spine.
  • Apply the legs of tape along both sides of the neck.

Shoulder Pain

  • Tilt head slightly in the opposite direction of applying the tape.
  • Apply “I” strip along the muscle line on the shoulder.

General Shoulder

  • Placing hand behind back and anchor “Y” strip on the upper arm.
  • Put one leg on the front side of the shoulder.
  • Holding the other side shoulder and apply another leg on the back side of the shoulder.

Elbow

  • Slightly bending elbow and anchor “I” strip on the elbow and apply along the lower arm.
  • Anchor another “I” strip on the upper arm and apply along upper arm.
  • Wrapping elbow for additional.

Joint Pain

  • Slightly bending the elbow and apply “X” strip on the Joint.

Wrist Pain

  • Anchor “I” strip on palm and apply along the lower arm.
  • Put “I” strip around the wrist for additional support.

Finger Pain

  • Bending Finger as shown picture.
  • Apply “I” strip from fingertip to wrist.

Back Pain

  • Folding back and anchor “I” strip on spin and apply along the back as shown.
  • Put another strip on the opposite side.

Lower Back Pain

  • Bending fully forward and anchor “I” strip lower back and apply to upward.
  • Apply another strip on the other side of lower back.

Hip Pain

  • Lying on the side and bending legs.
  • Anchor “Y” strip on the thigh and apply legs around the hip.

Front Thigh

  • Apply “I” strip from Knee to the thigh.
  • Apply other “I” strips beside one by one.
  • Apply “I” strip above the knee.

Hamstring

  • Apply “I” strip on the back side of the thigh.

Knee Pain

  • Bending knee and anchor “I” strip over kneecap and apply around the kneecap.
  • Apply another one around the kneecap.
  • Apply support taping above and below the kneecap.

Calf Pain

  • With toes pointing up to stretch the calf muscle.
  • Anchor “Y” strip on the heel and apply legs around the calf.
  • Apply support “I” strip as.

Achilles Pain

  • Anchor “I” strip on the sole and apply along the calf.
  • Apply “I” strip for additional support as shown.

Sole Pain

  • Anchor “Y” strip on the heel and apply on along the sole.
  • Apply another “Y” strip as shown.

Main features of Tmax Tape

  • Tmax Tape has 160% – 170% elasticity.
  • Elasticity similar to the skin and the muscle.
  • Tmax Tape has wave pattern glue foam to give skin respiration.
  • Tmax Tape reduces pressure in the tissue below the skin.
  • Excellent skin cohesiveness contact sustaining power.
  • Used Acrylic medical glue which is safe on skin and body.
  • Used 96% pure cotton and4% spandex for Tape Pad.
  • Water-resistant in pool and shower.

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