FAQ’s Flex Tape

1. How long will SPORTTAPE FLEX stay on?

2. Who’s using SPORTTAPE FLEX tape now?

3. How does it work?

4.Who is it suitable for?

5. When should it be used?

6. Does the colour make a difference?

7. Can the applications be re-used?

8. How do I remove the tape?

9. Should I shave before application? 

10. What will happen if I apply incorrectly?

11. Can I apply the tape myself?

12. Can I wear it under compression garments


 

1. HOW LONG WILL SPORTTAPE FLEX STAY ON?

It all depends on the application and the usage. Our tape can remain on for a number of days since it is water resistant, however we recommend that you keep it on for a maximum of 5 days. The length of time will vary depending on the area of application. For example, applying to the feet may only last 1-2 days (more wear and tear) whilst the postural area could last 5+ days.

The 2 most common reasons that applications come off prematurely:

The person who has applied the tape accidentally handled the adhesive when applying the product. Or the tape was applied without properly preparing the skin (clean and dry thoroughly).

The tape was not “set” via rubbing the tape post-application to activate the adhesive, and/or the user did not wait approximately one hour after application before engaging in physical activity or getting the tape wet.

2. WHO'S USING SPORTTAPE FLEX NOW?

SPORTTAPE FLEX is now widely adopted by physical therapists and is being used by everyone from Sunday league footballers to some of the worlds biggest sports stars.

3. HOW DOES IT WORK?

SPORTTAPE FLEX can be used in a multitude of ways; from kinesiology taping methods to providing sensory support. Every day we see the results of SPORTTAPE FLEX, however the evidential science behind the kinesiology taping methodology is somewhat lacking, so until it catches up here are our thoughts....
 
Although kinesiology taping has been used by millions of people worldwide, its popularity has been gained through its clinical effectiveness at reducing pain and changing athletic function rather than hard scientific evidence. Several theories exist as to how kinesiology tape works however none have proved conclusive. To put it simply, we know it works but were still 100% sure how.

How does kinesiology tape work

Our 3 Takeaways on how SPORTTAPE Flex Kinesiology Tape Works:

  • Reduce pressure on painful areas - SPORTTAPE FLEX can be applied to relieve the tension often associated with weakened or inflamed muscles and tendons. It can help by reducing the pain caused by the overload and be helpful for engaging actively in rehab.
  • Improve your ability to move - depending how the tape is applied it is thought to activate stretch receptors in the soft tissue which feedback to our higher brain centres. This positively influences the control of muscle tension by activating muscle spindles. This in turn improves our ability to flex and respond to the stresses and strains of increased activity, and improves our muscular endurance.
  • Promote blood flow and lymphatic drainage - when applied to the skin with stretch the tape naturally wants to recoil. As a result, it lifts the skin and fascia to allow blood and lymph flow to increase which may be beneficial in the recovery of soft tissue injuries.

4. WHO IS IT SUITABLE FOR?

  • SPORTTAPE FLEX can be worn from children to the elderly
  • It is possible to self apply however sometimes a second pair of hands is needed!
  • Designed for sport our adhesion is second to none and can be removed without discomfort and minimal residue
  • Our glue is hypoallergenic and latex free (although we’d always recommend a test patch first)

5. WHEN SHOULD IT BE USED?

We would only recommend using SPORTTAPE FLEX for the following instances:

  • Mild to moderate pain on movement or exercise
  • No major swelling or bruising
  • No major loss movement or strength
  • To help improve athletic function

Food for Thought

  • SPORTTAPE FLEX isn’t a miracle cure & should always be used alongside other treatments
  • The skill is in the application. To get maximum benefit the right combination of tape and tissue stretch is vital
  • If the tape is stretched too much it can cause irritation & the anchors must be laid with 0% stretch
  • Often the point of pain isn't the root of the cause. To get the best results ask a trained professional to assist

6. DOES THE COLOUR MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

You may have heard a few rumours about kinesiology tape applications, we’re hear to bust a few:

  • Myth: The colour of the tape makes a difference

It doesn’t. All of our colours are identical tapes and performance and adhesion is the same. Our branded, platinum and GB tapes are printed so contain an extra layer on top of the tape, but this doesn’t affect adhesion or stretch.

  • The direction that it is applied in affects performance

Nope. Myth. You can start top down or bottom up. The key is to lay the tape correctly over the area you want treated. Often this does mean wrapping a joint a specific way or starting at a specific point, but as long as it’s applied correctly over the area performance is the same.

  • It’s a placebo.

We have seen and felt the affects of SPORTTAPE first hand, as have thousands of people around the world.

We wont lie to you, kinesiology taping applications don’t work for everyone. This can be for a multitude of reasons but often it’s down to incorrect application techniques or unrealistic expectations. Therefore we would always recommend that you visit a specialist first and study our user guides before applying the tape. As ever if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.


7. CAN THE APPLICATIONS BE RE-USED?

Unfortunately the applications and tape are designed for one time use only.

8. HOW DO I REMOVE THE TAPE?

Easily… pull the tape off gradually in the same direction as the hair. After a few days of wear this will be a lot easier. Or you can use some TAPEOFF!

9. SHOULD I SHAVE BEFORE APPLICATION?

Shaving before applying is not necessary, however it unquestionably helps with adhesion and we would certainly recommend it for more intensive exercise. If you prefer we recommend that you trim the hair down rather than a clean shave.

10. WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I APPLY INCORRECTLY?

Put simply; nothing. Fortunately if you don’t apply to the correct area, then the tape will have little or no affect so you won’t do any harm to yourself.

11. CAN I APPLY THE TAPE MYSELF?

You certainly can. There are areas of the body, which may require some help though such as postural, lower back and shoulder, however we supply clear instructions to follow so anyone can do it.

12. CAN I WEAR SPORTTAPE FLEX UNDER COMPRESSION GARMENTS?

Yes you can.Save