Here’s a knowledge bomb that will help you PREVENT skin KINESIOLOGY TAPE REACTIONS or irritation when taping.
ALLERGIC REACTIONS TO KINESIOLOGY TAPE ARE INCREDIBLY RARE
The majority of ‘allergic reactions’ are actually skin irritations caused by over-stretching the tape when applying, or excessive friction on the skin. All SPORTTAPE products are hypoallergenic and latex free. Follow these 3 tips, and we GUARANTEE a great taping experience, with no irritation.
1. EASY ON THE STRETCH
When you stretch the tape it recoils and lifts the skin. Over-stretching can mean excessive friction on the skin. There’s never a reason to stretch the tape beyond 50-75% and ALWAYS make sure the ends of your tape (3-5cm) are stuck down with NO STRETCH.
2. TEST YOUR MOVEMENT
Once you’ve applied the tape, move around and see if the tape feels as though it’s ‘pulling’ the skin. This happens if the tape is put down without the muscle being stretched.
If you feel it ‘pinching’, then remove the tape and start again. You will usually notice an irritation of the skin just around the edges of the tape.
3. TEST PATCH
ALWAYS apply a test patch if you’re using K TAPE for the first time. Cut a small strip and apply it to your forearm. If it starts to itch, then remove the tape and seek medical advice on a potential allergy.
If you have questions on how to apply tape then get in touch. We’re here to make sure you get PERFECT results from your tape, EVERY TIME.