Here are some tips on how to effectively use rigid strapping tape on the body:
Prepare your skin prior to the application of sports strapping tape:
- Shave the part of the skin where you want to apply the sports tape: you will get best results if you shave the skin with a regular or electric razor at least 12 hours before applying the tape.
- Wipe skin well with a dry cloth to remove body oil. This will ensure that the duct tape will hold up for a long time.
- Use a band-aid to cover any scratches or broken skin before applying the tape.
- Wear a sports bandage – A bandage will protect the skin from any rashes or skin irritation caused by the tape.
Effective application of rigid strapping tape:
- For best results, apply athletic tape to the joints when they are in the “rest” position.
- Do not overflex the muscles when you wrap the tape around them; will loosen the grip on the tape.
- Be sure to apply the tape in only one direction so it glides over that area smoothly.
Make sure the strap is tight, but not tight enough:
- Flex your muscles, but not too much, when applying the sports tape, so you can get a good idea of how tight the tape should be.
- Make sure that 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 tape and reapply with reduced tension.
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 immobilize the muscles and using too little may not be enough to support the joints and muscles.
- For best results, apply the tape with a slight overlap.
Removing the rigid strapping strap:
- For best results, remove the tape immediately after you are done with your sports or training activities for the day. Rigid strapping tape should not be applied for longer periods of time or it may hinder blood circulation.
- Use a small scissor to cut the tape so it can come off easily. Take precautions when cutting.
- Once the tape is cut, gently peel the tape from the skin. Use a tape remover, oil or body lotion to remove the tape painlessly and to prevent further marks.