FAQ's Traditional Tapes

1. How do traditional tapes differ from kinesiology tape?

2. How do I know which tape to use?

3. What is the difference between Zinc Oxide and Zinc Oxide Tan tape?

4. What is the difference between EAB and Cohesive tapes?

5. What is the purpose of Underwrap?

6. Can I re-use any of the tapes?

7. Can i apply the tapes myself?

 

1. HOW DO TRADITIONAL TAPES DIFFER FROM KINESIOLOGY TAPE?

 

Traditional tapes, such as Zinc Oxide and EAB are designed to 'lock-down' and immobilise joints, or provide compression. They help to prevent painful movements by restricting the amount that an area can move, or stabilise areas that are put under heavy stress during sport (such as ankles and knees). Kinesiology tapes are designed to facilitate movement - kinesiology literally means movement - so are designed to stretch and move with the body, providing dynamic support and enabling better neural feedback.

 

 

2. HOW DO I KNOW WHICH TAPE TO USE?

 

This will depend on the nature of your injury.

Kinesiology tapes are most often used to help reduce pain and pressure on muscle groups and joints where movement is still necessary. Injuries such as runners knee, plantar fasciitis and tennis elbow can be treated with SPORTTAPE Flex Tape.

Rigid Tapes such as zinc oxide can be used when movement makes the issue worse - you'll often see basketball players with their ankles taped to help stabilise the joint during the quick movements needed in the game.

Cohesive and EAB can be used to provide flexible support when the skin needs to be compressed rather than lifted. You'll see these tapes used most often around the knees and ears of rugby players.

If you're unsure, please to do not hesitate to get in touch with us or contact your local physiotherapist, more often than not they will be trained in taping methodology.

 

 

3. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ZINC OXIDE AND ZINC OXIDE TAN?

 

SPORTTAPE Zinc Oxide Tan is made from Deluxe Rayon cotton which provides unrivalled tensile strength. It is stronger and more durable that it's white counterpart.

 

 

 

4. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EAB AND COHESIVE?

 

EAB stands for Elastic Adhesive Bandage, it is a stretchy wrap that contains adhesive to stick the tape to the skin or itself. Cohesive is perfect for anyone with sensitive skin as it contains no adhesion but still sticks to itself.

 

 

 

5.WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF UNDERWRAP?

 

Underwrap does exactly what you expect. It's designed to go under other tapes to protect the skin and prevent irritation, as well as enabling the tape above to come off easier!

 

 

 

6. CAN I RE-USE ANY OF THE TAPES?

 

The only tape, which is technically reusable, is our Cohesive wrap, this is because it does not contain any adhesive. Although not recommended, Cohesive wrap can be washed and used again. Washing will reduce it's self adhesion though, so a few applications will probably be enough.

 

 

 

7. CAN I APPLY THE TAPES MYSELF?

 

Absolutely. Just be sure that you know what you are doing and apply correctly. If in any doubt please get in touch, or contact a trained therapist.