Here are some tips on how to effective use Rigid Strapping Tape on the body:
Prepare Your Skin before Application of Sport Strapping Tape:
Shave the part of the skin you wish to apply sports tape on – you will get best results if you shave the skin using either a regular or an electric razor at least 12 hours before applying tape. Clean the skin thoroughly with a dry piece of cloth to remove the body oil. This will ensure that the adhesive tape holds for a long time. Use a band-aid to cover any scratches or broken skin before applying the tape.
Use a sports under wrap – An under-wrap will protect the skin from any rashes or skin irritation caused by the tape.
Effectively Applying the Rigid Strapping Tape:
For best results, apply athletic tape to joints when they are ‘at rest’ position. Do not flex your muscles too extensively when rolling the tape around them; it will loosen the grip of the tape. Make sure to apply the tape in one single direction so that it would roll over that area smoothly.
Make Sure the Strapping Tape is Tight, But Not Tight Enough:
Flex your muscles, but not too much, when applying the sports tape, so that you can get a good idea of how tight the tape should be. Make sure it is not applied too loosely, otherwise it will not be able to effectively protect the joints and limbs. It shouldn’t be too tight either – otherwise the blood circulation to the joints will slow down. In case the skin feels numb and tingling, remove the strapping tape and reapply with reduced tightness.
What is the Perfect Amount of Tape?
The amount of tape required depends on the amount of support you are looking for. However, using more tape will cause immobility in muscles and using too little might not be enough to support your joints and muscles. For best results, apply the tape with slight overlapping.
Removing the Rigid Strapping Tape:
For best results, remove the tape right after you are done with your sporting or training activities for the day. Rigid Strapping Tape shouldn’t be applied for longer periods of time or they can hinder blood circulation. Use a small scissor to cut through the tape, so that it may come off easily. Take precaution while cutting. Once the tape is cut, peel the tape off the skin gently. Use a tape remover, oil, or body lotion to take the tape off painlessly and to avoid any after marks.