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Kinesiology Tape

Aka: Kinesiology Tape, Kinesio Tex, SpiderTech
  1. Definition
    1. Elastic adhesive tape
  2. Efficacy
    1. Low likelihood of harm
    2. Evidence is lacking for benefit
      1. Halski (2015) Med Sci Monit 21:2232-9 [PubMed]
      2. Kalron (2013) Eur J Phys Rehabil Med 49(5):699-709 [PubMed]
      3. Williams (2012) Sports Med 42(2):153-64 [PubMed]
  3. Technique
    1. Apply tape lightly over spasmed muscles
    2. Apply tape with greater tension over weak muscles for stability
    3. Change tape every 3-5 days (remove adhesive with baby oil)
    4. Remove tape if irritation occurs
  4. Contraindications
    1. Do not apply to broken, damaged or infected skin
  5. Adverse Effects
    1. Contact Dermatitis
  6. References
    1. (2015) Presc Lett 22(11): 65

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