Taping yourself helps you retain more motion in your joints so that you can train harder and recover faster. But how do you tape yourself to get the most out of it? The answer lies in consistency.

Although we've mentioned this in our previous blog posts, it bears repeating again: consistency is essential, especially when using kinesiology tape. This means consistency when applying the tape, consistency when training, and consistency when it comes to the type of tape you're using. In the end, this will be the most important aspect of whether or not you see results with this treatment. Although there are a lot of different taping techniques, the key to most of them is that the tape should be applied in a step-by-step manner to avoid improper placement.

If you have ever seen an elite athlete in a sport that requires taping, you probably noticed that they repeat the same taping patterns. If you have ever wondered why, the answer is pretty simple. If you tape a joint, you want the tape to provide support to the area while staying in place. You can do this by using the best pattern depending on the body part so that you are ensuring proper joint support.

Following directions for application is important. For the tape to be fully effective, it needs to be applied directly over the muscle or surrounding the muscle. The biggest mistake people make is they apply the tape too high or too low on the body part, or in such a placement not that decreases the efficacy for the area that needs to be treated.

Pre-Cut Shoulder Spiders Vs. NSAIDs

The effectiveness of kinesiology tape has been documented in numerous studies and clinical trials as a form of non-invasive treatment. This tape is used by athletes and active individuals who want to improve their performance on the field, as well as individuals with physical and musculoskeletal injuries who want to minimize pain and speed up the recovery process.

In a study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers were able to compare one of our pre-cut Shoulder Spiders and its shoulder support benefits with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). The findings showed that kinesiology tape is as effective as NSAIDs in treating shoulder pain caused by subacromial impingement (SAI). Although both kinesiology tape and NSAIDs are effective in treating this type of shoulder pain, kinesiology tape has the added benefit of posing fewer side effects in comparison to NSAIDs.

Over-the-counter NSAIDs are the most commonly used medication for treating minor aches and pains, both in adults and children. While this type of medication offers a lot of relief, there is still the question of whether NSAIDs should be for everyday use. In comparison, kinesiology tape, applied at home or by a healthcare professional, has been shown to be effective in reducing pain and inflammation without the dangerous side effects of NSAIDs.

Eliminating the Guesswork

When you're dealing with kinesiology tape you really don't want to be making mistakes while you're applying it. And that is why SpiderTech has created what is arguably the best tape on the market: SpiderTech has pre-cut their tape so that each piece is designed for specific body parts.

One=piece tape gives you the ability to take a single sheet, apply it to the skin, and then remove the backing without bonding the tape to itself, eliminating any fumbling when it comes to application. You don't have to cut the tape yourself–it comes pre-cut and ready to use, which avoids having to shape the tape to fit a specific body part. SpiderTech comes in 18 different body specific designs, so you can choose which body part you want to target. Cutting kinesiology tape incorrectly can cause it to become ineffective and lose its therapeutic benefits.

The pre-cut body specific tape also includes a numbered system for a step-by-step application that is easy to follow, which further reduces the chances of incorrect application. The application method involves the numbers printed on the back of the strips, which are used as a roadmap for your placement. The numbered system gives users an easy reference for application on the targeted area. That way, you not only know which areas of the body it targets, and how to apply it correctly. This helps to eliminate the need for experience in taping, which can save you time from researching application techniques. The tape's number system reduces the chances of improper overlapping, since it labels the tape with a number corresponding to the body part it targets.

In addition to one piece body part specific tape, there are also standard pre-cut i-strips. Because of the way they're designed, pre-cut kinesiology tape eliminates the need to cut the tape yourself, making it perfect for those who don't have the time or experience to cut their own. Pre-cut tape also takes the guesswork out of determining how much tape to cut. Instead of having to rely on your eyes to measure how much tape you need, you pull off a strip of tape that's ready to go. (If you've ever tried to cut your own tape, you know how easy it is to make mistakes!)

Kinesiology tape isn't just for athletes requiring frequent and consistent treatment. Many people use kinesiology tape to help deal with aches and pains that range from those caused by working out too hard to those associated with conditions like arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Kinesiology tape also offers a number of benefits to those who are rehabilitating from injuries as well as those looking for injury prevention. For example, by increasing circulation, it may speed healing and relieve pain, while also offering support to a joint. View SpiderTech's extensive selection of tape for specific body parts on our online store.