At Airrosti, we use Kinesiology Tape, or K-Tape as part of our quality care approach. Our goal is to maximize results for quick, pain-free recovery. After conducting a thorough evaluation and manual treatment of the injury, we often use K-Tape as a final step to get you on the fast track to recovery.
How K-Tape Works
K-Tape stabilizes joints and supports the treated area to decrease pain and swelling. The tape lifts the skin slightly so that pressure is decreased around the body’s pain receptors. By slightly lifting the skin, the tape also allows increased lymphatic absorption of excess fluid which reduces bruising. The elastic quality of the K-Tape supports the muscles like a second skin, which helps the muscles contract back to resting position.
K-Tape is designed to stay on for an average of 3-4 days. The adhesive is heat sensitive, so your doctor will rub the tape to make sure it is properly adhered to your skin. After 1-2 hours of normal activity, the K-Tape should be properly bonded to the treated area. After the tape has formed a strong bond, it basically acts as another layer of skin. You can exercise and shower with the tape on without any problems. However, we do not recommend swimming with the K-Tape on because chemicals in pool water can deteriorate the adhesive and loosen the tape.
How to Remove K-Tape
Because K-Tape is much stronger than a regular band-aid, it is a littler trickier to remove. While the ends of the tape do sometimes roll up (if this happens, simply snip off the ends), the tape often adheres like a second layer of skin. The easiest ways to remove K-Tape involve getting it nice and slick.
One option is to pour or rub some baby oil directly on the tape, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, and then remove it slowly while in the shower after the tape is thoroughly wet. For best results, peel it off slowly while gently tugging the skin in the opposite direction.
Another option is to get in the shower and thoroughly wet the tape and lather on the suds. This will loosen up the adhesive and allow you to slowly pull it off. Remember to keep the skin tight by tugging it in the opposite direction to minimize discomfort.
Whichever option you choose, make sure you remove the tape in the direction of your hair, never against it. This will help minimize pain and reduce the likeliness of removing any hair.
Whatever you do, take your time. Don’t get frustrated and try to rip the K-Tape off like a band-aid. It will hurt, a lot.
Communicate Your Progress
If you ever have any questions regarding your K-Tape, don’t hesitate to contact your Airrosti Provider. If you have any adverse reactions to the tape such as itching, allergic reaction, hyper pigmentation or blistering, remove the tape immediately and let your provider know what happened at your next appointment. Also remember to keep open communication with your provider about your progress to ensure the best care. Good communication leads to effective treatment.