Kinesiology tape has been the subject of several studies with varying results, depending upon whether it was used on healthy or injured individuals. In evaluating Kinesio® Tape, a trademarked brand, researchers found that injured wearers showed beneficial results over regular elastic bandages in:
- Muscle activity
- Range of motion
Some of the factors that may affect the results of tape wrapping include knowing the exact origin of the pain and understanding supportive muscle groups. In other words, tape placement is key to getting the most out of kinesiology tape.
Finally, there is something to be said for the psychological benefit. Taped individuals may feel more confident about moving their bodies and following the prescribed exercises, which may put them on a speedier road to recovery.
Kinesiology tape is readily available, non-invasive and embraced by professional and amateur athletes, showing up on competitors in national and world championships and the Olympics. Based on the experiences of these individuals, their trainers, and scores of weekend warriors, tape wrapping seems to be a popular choice. Individuals can find the tape at local pharmacies and sporting goods stores and order it online.