Over the past 18-24 months you will have noticed a number of professional rugby players wearing brightly coloured tape in a variety of strange positions. What they are wearing is Mueller Kinesiology Tape – a special adhesive tape designed to help increase the natural blood flow around your muscles.
Kinesiology tape has a multitude of uses which can be used for both protective and rehabilitative reasons. The taping technique applied over muscles helps to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles and provide structural support to joints and muscle movements. This method allows athletes to continue training and or competing as injuries heal.
The tape features a revolutionary wave pattern adhesive that lifts the skin to help maintain flexibility, improve circulation, and relieve pain. Designed to aid in the treatment of ligament injuries, muscle conditioning, fascia repositioning, and even carpal tunnel syndrome, it is applied to the skin in patterns to mimic your muscles.
There are currently 1200 recognised ways to apply the tape depending on where you feel it will most benefit your performance. It can also be used to improve posture which is ideal for front row forwards who spend a lot of time if bent over putting a lot of pressure on their neck and shoulders.
Kinesiology tape has unique elastic properties to ensure that muscles and joints are closely supported during all activities, discouraging harmful movements whilst still allowing a safe and healthy range of motion. Kinesiology tape has a wave patterned adhesive backing which moves with the skin and muscles to facilitate bio-mechanically correct and supported movement.
It is made from 100% high-grade cotton which is durable, economical, latex-free, breathable, and maintains flexibility of human skin and muscles. It comes in a variety of colours including blue, pink and black.