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A World First! - Development of a new and improved method for kinesiology tape application (VIDEO)

  1. Alexandru Lefter, PT
    Alexandru Lefter, PT
    The kinesiology tape has become over the years a "therapeutic enhancement" and a close companion to sport performance and not only. Given a professional application, based on solid knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics, this technique becomes mandatory in the "props" of any performance or amateur athlete. One of the biggest benefits of this type of therapy is the ease with which the tapes can be applied, the main problems with which both the therapist and the patient/athlete can meet, are related to the environmental conditions (e.g. high humidity environment: the locker room – in the proximity of the showers or near a swimming pool, etc). The inventors, along with major manufacturers of kinesiology tape recommend to produce heat by rubbing the strips of tape with the palm of the hand, in the process of applying the tapes, the adhesive is being heat-activated. Though, often, because of the factors listed above, the time how long the taping can stick to the tegument will drop dramatically, even up to 30% of the initially estimated time, so the heat produced by friction many times becomes insufficient to ensure the desired results.

    MATERIALS:Over a period of 4 years there were performed KT applications on approximately 120 patients/athletes with various physical activity levels, of which 40 were selected according to a criteria of high physical activity. In this process there have been used 6 different brands of KT, with provenience of Korea, USA, Germany and Japan. Also, the entire color range from each manufacturer was used (cream, green, blue, black, red, yellow, pink), mentioning that there was observed no difference in elasticity for different tape colours produced by the same manufacturer. Though, there were noticed significant differences in elasticity and tension of tapes from brand to brand.

    OBJECTIVE:The objective of the study is to maximize the length of time of wearing/using the KT through improved resistance to internal and external factors, such as sudden movements, perspiration, sebum, dust or interacting with tight clothes.

    METHOD:The objective was achieved by using an external heat source. The external heat source is represented by an infrared lamp of paramedical and domestic use. The lamp produces enough heat to affect the adhesive (melt), easily making it to fill the porous spaces. By heating the tape’s adhesive there was observed a significant increase in adherence of the tapes in all tested environmental conditions and internal or external factors.

    SEARCH RESULTS:In 100% of those 40 selected participants noted an improvement of the adherence of up to ~ 70% (measured in MU "time" with a minimum of more than 50%) by the application of heat on the areas where the kinesiology tape was attached. The results are considered as being statistically significant, therefore the method is validated.

    CONCLUSION:After 4 years of testing and retesting of "Kinesio Tape" techniques (original name) in different European countries and multiple environments and sports (footbal/soccer, basketball, volleyball, handball, kick-boxing), it was discovered that by applying an external heat source over the kinesiology tapings, these can get an improved grip, leading to an enhanced duration of an application, incomparable with the situations in which there was no external source of heat used. Kinetoterapie Iasi | Recuperare Medicala Iasi | Masaj Iasi | Banda Kinesiologica | Hernie de disc | Luxatie | Entorsa | kinesio taping, trigger point, muscular, electrostimulare, neurologie, pediatrie, reumatism, dureri de spate, durere, artroza carp

    Author: Alexandru Lefter, physical therapist;
    Supervisors: Roxana Damian, Dragos Spataru, Florian Mastacan;
    Locations: Denmark, England, Serbia, Iasi - Romania (currently);
    Start: 2009
    Final: 2013
    Sample: ~ 40 pers.
    No. of types of tape by manufacturer: 6
  2. estherderu
    Hallo Alexandru,

    so you have me interested!
    I have always told people NOT to use extra heat, so I have many questions for you and your colleagues.
    I worry about the skin situation.
    My questions are:
    Have you got the whole research in english?
    If so, can I please read it?
    How much longer did the different tapes remain on the body?
    Did you test it on patients?
    Do you think it is safe for children and older people with sensitive skins?
    what differences did you find in the six brands?
    Which brands did you use?

    I have found that tape sometimes stays on for only a day, and sometimes it stays on for more than 2 weeks.
    It can differ a lot per person.

    Ik hope you can enlighten me with more information.
    looking forward to hearing more from you!

  3. estherderu
    Hi Alexandru,
    Nice to see you here as well. Good idea to start a group. I hope many people will join......
    AND lets talk about the various brands of tape.... there are so many brands.
    Please let me know your experience with the different brands.
  4. estherderu
    dear Alexandru,

    I would really like to know which tape brands you tested.... please let us know....
    I am for complete transparency regarding the products we use..... want to know which are best....

    Please react kind regards Esther
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