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Introduction to Kinesiology Tape

You’ve probably seen sports players and athletes wearing bright coloured tape on their legs, arms, back and other areas over the last few years.

This is Kinesiology Tape. It’s been around since the 1970’s and first made an appearance in Japan. Today it can be found all over the world in all sorts of shapes, numerous brands and wonderful colours.

So what does it do?

It’s quite amazing really… Kinesiology tape was designed to help in the healing process of traumatised tissue and muscles. When applied correctly the benefits of Kinesiology tape are astonishing. There is still plenty of research being carried out and the results reported from consumers is very positive… the key seems to be how it is applied.

How does it work?

In a word – Decompression.

Unlike conventional sports tapes that are used to compress the injured area to restrict or immobilise movement, Kinesiology tape aims to lift skin away from the muscle. When applied over a stretched muscle this lifting helps to aid blood flow and oxygen levels to the muscle. Also the lifting of skin may create more space for lymph drainage to get rid of toxins and reduce fatigue.

  • Latex free and zinc free
  • Water resistant – Won’t fall off in shower or during activity
  • Comfortable – You will hardly notice it’s on
  • Long lasting – Wear for up to 5 days and carry on with your daily activity
  • Easy to apply – Simple to follow instructions and video guides available online
  • Great for all sports and activities

And there’s even more.

Kinesiology tape can also be used to support the muscle and joints. Use like a standard sports tape to apply compression and help recovery.

What can I use it for?

Kinesiology is great for all sports and activities and safe to use for everyone. Whatever your injury, ache or pain, Kinesiology tape may help to get you back to action. 

Great for…

  • Back pain
  • Knee injuries
  • Hamstring strain
  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Ankle sprain
  • Swelling

…and lots more

Which one should I buy?

With so much choice it can be difficult to decide which one will give you the best results.

Our aim is to source the best products on the market, so we’ve put together a selection of the best quality Kinesiology tapes available. Our range features many colours and different widths and lengths so you can find the most suitable tape for you.

Each tape has been rigorously tested by many sports healthcare professionals we supply to ensure the tape is up to the job. Our customers include some of the biggest sports teams, including national teams, where the Kinesiology tape is used on elite athletes and professional sports players, so it has to be reliable to withstand some serious action.

There are lower price Kinesiology Tapes available, however the level of adhesive and stretch on many of these are poor. You might save a bit at first but you’ll end up spending more in the long run when it falls sooner than it should. You’ll spend more time applying it more frequently.

All of the Kinesiology tapes we stock are supplied in complete rolls. We have tried pre-cut tapes before however the quality and value were not up to scratch. Instead we’ve opted for the standard rolls, giving you a better quality tape at a much better price.

Everyone is a different shape and size, our rolls offer you complete control of customising the tape to your specific requirements. Our multipurpose Kinesiology tapes can be used for all types of common injuries. They are easy to cut to required size and apply.

If you have a preferred choice of Kinesiology tape please let us know and we will source it for you.

Options available…

Tiger K Tape 5cm x 5m - Featuring the best materials available Tiger K Tape is right up there with the more expensive tapes. In comparison with other leading brands the quality, stretchiness, stickiness and durability of Tiger K Tape is just as good… if not better. Used by many professional athletes and sports teams Available in 4 different colours – Blue, Black, Pink and Beige.

RockTape 5cm x 5m – One of the leading brands in Kinesiology tape and the preferred choice for many. RockTape is a great tape with excellent adhesion and will last several days. A little more expensive but delivers good results. We particularly like their great range of colours and designs.

Extra-long 5cm x 32m Clinic Roll – If you use the tape frequently you will save loads with this handy 32m long roll. Exactly the same as the standard 5cm tape, but on a massive 32m roll that will provide you with lots of treatments. Perfect for practitioners, we stock Tiger K Tape and RockTape in clinic rolls.

RockTape 10cm x 5m Roll – Great for covering large areas and when more specific shapes are needed. The guys at RockTape have repeated their high quality tape on a wider 10cm roll. Ideal for treating knee, thighs, shoulders, back or chest.

RockTape 2.5cm Finger Tape – Many kinesiology taping techniques require a narrow tape to complete the task. At 2.5cm in width this useful size is great for treating hands and feet and saves time having to split a wider tape. Great for taping techniques on hands and feet.

RockTape H2O Tape – With twice as much glue this extra sticky tape is specifically for athletes who participate in water-sports. H2O is the only kinesiology tape on the market that is designed to withstand the extreme conditions encountered during competitive surfing, water polo, wake boarding, triathlon and open water swimming. Also great for taping for really sweaty areas such as feet.

H2O Tape – Extra sticky tape specifically designed for water sports.

Tiger Tapes – Official Sports Tapes and Strapping supplier to…

Interested in learning how to use Kinesiology Tape on your patients?

We run practical, Learn-by-Doing 1 day workshops on Kinesiology & Athletic Taping

For more information click here

Related Product Reviews

Don’t just take our word for it. See what our customers say about our range of Kinesiology Tape.

Comparable with more expensive KT tape & just as effective. Physique are prompt with their service & delivery. Excellent company to deal with!

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Review for: Tiger K Tape
Reviewed by: Mrs Tracey Herbert
Reviewed on: 04 November 2015

As a sport therapist I try and have tiger k tape in stock all the time. Over time I have tried lots of different tapes but always end up back with k tape. I love it and so do my clients.

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Review for: Tiger K Tape
Reviewed by: Rachael Foster
Reviewed on: 07 September 2015

this item really helps with shoulder pain, using it as support for upper arm following a stroke

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Review for: Rocktape Kinesiology Tape 5cm x 5m
Reviewed by: Mr Michael Kingdon
Reviewed on: 07 July 2015

A player from Exeter Chiefs recommended this Tiger Tape for a very bad calf . I had already tried different products to no avail . After 36 hours the pain had totally gone . What it did to cure my problem is unbelievable, as I had had the pain for six weeks and this sorted out so quickly. Brilliant

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Review for: Tiger K Tape
Reviewed by: James Musson
Reviewed on: 30 April 2015

I have tried different tapes and finally I have found the best one. I am really pleased with the tiger tape - amazing product, clients are happy as it sticks well 1-2 weeks. I apply the Sports Cologne before though, for a better "stick". Happy customer. Aggie

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Review for: Tiger K Tape 32m
Reviewed by: Aggie Lee Therapy
Reviewed on: 12 December 2014

Great experience , brilliant teacher , very good option to boost your knowledge and practice ... Highly recommend.

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Review for: Kinesiology & Athletic Taping Workshop, Clear & Precise Taping Solutions
Reviewed by: Martina
Reviewed on: 12 June 2014

I am so impressed with the Tiger Tape as it stays on for a long time even after showers, baths etc. I am feeling the benefit already for my tennis elbow.

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Review for: Tiger K Tape
Reviewed by: mrs Amanda Dempster
Reviewed on: 06 May 2014

I was very pleased with this. It arrived quickly and was left with a neighbour. The book is a very clear guide to taping and the additional tapes are a welcome extra.

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Review for: A Practical Guide To Kinesiology Taping
Reviewed by: Mr John Harbottle
Reviewed on: 09 April 2014

Good stuff, would have preferred beige colour but was out out stock on the day and I needed it in a hurry. Patients don't mind though

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Review for: Tiger K Tape
Reviewed by: Mrs Patricia Bramah
Reviewed on: 02 April 2014

Have tried the more expensive, pre cut brands and they aren't nearly as good as Tiger K. Stays well and truly stuck for almost a week and was recommended by a physiotherapist.

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Review for: Tiger K Tape 32m
Reviewed by: Justin Anderson
Reviewed on: 31 March 2014

An excellent, well illustrated book. Concise and easy to follow. Will be recommending this book to students and practitioners on CPE courses at the Northern Institute of Massage, Bury..

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Review for: A Practical Guide To Kinesiology Taping
Reviewed by: Eddie Caldwell
Reviewed on: 14 March 2014

Was given the green tape to try by my therapist and it was brilliant. From crippling pain that caused a marked limp I was able to start walking almost normally. Therapist suggested I buy it online and go for the black tape as that is stronger so I immediately ordered it and am using it now. Highly recommend it.

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Review for: Tiger K Tape
Reviewed by: Miss Stefania Power
Reviewed on: 23 February 2014

Reply from Physique:
Thanks for your kind words and positive comments, but just to reassure you that the beige, pink, blue and black are all of equal strengths and quality. Thanks again.

Beats kinesio gold hands down. Good adhesion and longevity.

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Review for: Tiger K Tape
Reviewed by: Mr Clive Walker
Reviewed on: 21 February 2014

Excellent product, stays in place for at least 7 days if not more. My clients love it!

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Review for: Rocktape Kinesiology Tape 5cm x 5m
Reviewed by: Mrs Carol Wilkins
Reviewed on: 13 February 2014

Have tried the more expensive, pre cut brands and they aren't nearly as good as Tiger K. Stays well and truly stuck for almost a week and was recommended by a physiotherapist.

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Review for: Tiger K Tape
Reviewed by: Mr Justin Anderson
Reviewed on: 06 January 2014

Very good theory session with excellent opportunities for practice. Another excellent course from Physique, very good tutor!

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Review for: Kinesiology & Athletic Taping Workshop, Clear & Precise Taping Solutions
Reviewed by: Amy Harris
Reviewed on: 29 November 2013

Great product,

Strong adhesive. The best sports tape on the market.

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Review for: Tiger K Tape
Reviewed by: Kye H
Reviewed on: 17 July 2013

What a brilliant workshop, I work with junior rugby and always struggled to tape but now I can see the effective results and tiger tapes make it affordable.

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Review for: Kinesiology & Athletic Taping Workshop, Clear & Precise Taping Solutions
Reviewed by: John Rose
Reviewed on: 14 April 2013

100s of different K Tapes on websites these days.

But this is by far the best within this price bracket.

Sticks well, lasts long enough for its purpose.

Good value imo.

Product Rating:
Review for: Tiger K Tape
Reviewed by: Mike Smith
Reviewed on: 19 March 2013