Elastic therapeutic tape, also called kinesiology tape or kinesio tape, is an elastic cotton band with acrylic adhesive that is used to treat pain from athletic injuries and other physical disorders. Research in people with chronic musculoskeletal pain shows that an elastic band can help relieve pain.
The medical and scientific skeptical communities have appreciated the benefits of CT and have recognized it as one of the convenient ways to alleviate pain after an injury. The product was developed by Keenzo Kase, a Japanese-American chiropractor in the 1970s. The company he founded sells variants under the brand name “Kinesio” and takes legal action to prevent the word from being used as a generic trademark.
The surge in popularity was the result of the product being introduced to Olympic athletes at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the London Summer Olympics in London. Massive exposure to the general public came about thanks to Kerry Walsh, who wore a ribbon on his shoulder and dominated the 2008 beach volleyball tournament. You can read more about the properties and purpose of kinesio tape on the page http://athleticmed.ru/kak_eto_rabotaet/bbtape, where you can also choose the patch that suits you.
The product is a thin elastic cotton band that can stretch up to 140% of its original length. As a result, if the tape is applied stretched more than its normal length, it will “shrink” after application and therefore create a traction force on the skin. This resilient property allows for a significantly increased range of motion compared to traditional white athletic tape and can also be applied permanently before re-application.
Designed to imitate human skin with approximately the same thickness and elastic properties, the tape is stretched by 30–40% in the longitudinal direction. This is a latex-free material with an acrylic adhesive that activates when heated. Cotton fibers allow evaporation and dry faster resulting in longer wear up to 4 days. According to the manufacturers, the effect on the body depends on the location on the body and how it is applied, the direction of stretching, shape and location.