FAQ – General
What is Kinesio® Tape made from
Kinesio® Tex Tape (to give it it’s full name) is made from a very thin, breathable, 100% cotton fabric.
It has a medical grade heat-activated adhesive and is non-medicated and latex free – making it very skin friendly.
It is designed to mimic the skin and so has maximum stretch, recoil and thickness properties almost identical to human skin.
What is the difference between “Kinesio Tape” and the “Kinesio Taping Method”
When Dr Kenzo Kase started developing what is now known as the Kinesio® Taping Method, he used tapes and other products that were available at the time – however he could not generate the results that he was seeking.
It wasn’t until Kinesio® Tex tape was designed that the full benefits of this form of elastic therapeutic taping were unlocked.
Individually, one is just a stretchy tape and the other is just an idea, but together the exclusive properties of Kinesio® Tex tape along with the education behind the Kinesio® Taping Method combine to provide therapists with a systematic process to achieve results for their clients.
What makes Kinesio® Tape different to other elastic tapes
In general, all stretchy tapes are just, well, stretchy tapes. But just like not all cars are equal, the same applies to Elastic Therapeutic tapes.
Firstly, there are specific quality issues that differentiate Kinesio® Tape from the recent influx of generics. Things like high thread count in the cotton weave for durability, hypoallergenic adhesive to make it more tolerable on the skin, breath-ability for longer wear times, and a manufacturing process that ensures each batch of tape behaves exactly the same way as the one before it.
Of course, having been in the game longer than any of the other generics means that Kinesio® Tape has been able to upgrade and improve as new information and technology comes to hand. So even though it is as strong and durable as ever, it is thinner, lighter and less noticeable on the skin. Recent advances in manufacturing technology have led to the new Kinesio® Tex fP or “fingerprint” glue pattern which allows for less glue to be used whilst providing even stronger adhesion so your Kinesio Taping application lasts longer.
But all of this wouldn’t mean much if it didn’t actually work – and this is where Kinesio® Tape really shines. Due to it’s specific stretch and recoil properties that are completely different to all of the other generics, it is the only tape that is guaranteed to work with the Kinesio® Taping Method and achieve the clinical results that therapists require for their clients.
What is the difference between the pink, blue, black, beige and white colours
Short answer: Nothing, it’s just a different colour dye used in the manufacturing process.
Longer answer: There is no difference in the stretch or recoil between the colours and so every roll of Kinesio® Tape will behave exactly as you expect it to. However, there are many people for whom colour association plays an important part in rehabilitation. It might be a sports person who has a superstition about wearing black on game day or someone who finds pink has a calming influence from a childhood memory.
For those people, colour contributes greatly to their state of mind. For the rest of us – well we can just pick our favourite colour!