Therapeutic elastic taping has become very popular in the last few years. With Kerri Walsh and Misty May showing off the tape in the 2008 Olympic beach volleyball games, the tape has become very well-known.

The tape seems to work on three major areas: 1. Muscle support. 2. Skin-nerve feedback. 3. Reducing superficial swelling.

There are many different brands now due to its popularity. They include: Rocktape, Strength Tape, Kinesio Tape, KT Tape and Theraband Kinesiology Tape.

The tape is made to be thin so you don’t notice very much. It is made to be wearable during the day, sport or activity. It is made to shower and bathe with it on. Most are latex-free.

Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. It has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints.

At ZOVA, we have been using Rocktape H2O lately due to its hold and ability to last in water sports.

The British Journal of Sports Medicine recently found that “kinesio taping is superior to minimal intervention for pain relief.”

Dr Michael Van Antwerp has used therapeutic elastic taping for over 12 years. He did his Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP) training over a decade ago. He uses it along with other styles of taping such as McConnell and SPRT taping.