- The K-tape is an adhesive flexible elastic bandage reacting to proprioceptive stimulation. Its aim is both to cure and to prevent. It enables traditional therapies to be considerably improved on a daily basis in our practices.
- The principle of the effect of the tape is to act upon muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood circulation and the lymphatic system through sensitive receptors in the skin within the epidermis.
- The K-tape, unlike traditional bandages which compress, actually exerts a pulling effect. Consequently the K-tape ensures that the joint remains stable while at the same time allowing its initial mobility.
- On account of its being made of cotton and acrylic (and hypoallergenic glue) without any additives or medication, the K-tape causes little discomfort and can last several days even when showering.
Important: The objective of the K-tape is not to replace traditional bandages. Each has its specific role to play. This technique which is gaining popularity in France through the media, sports and tutorials on Youtube requires a technical skill as well as in-depth knowledge of the anatomy of the body in order to be applied correctly.
Its therapeutic uses are varied, but the following are the most frequent.
- Improves muscle use (toning and detoning effect)
- Supports joints
- Reduces pain
- Activates the lymphatic system (edemas, post-operative care) /scar tissue adhesions
K-Taping can be used in podiatry for
- Sprained ankles
- Patellar pathologies/ lateral knee ligament related pathologies
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Hallux Valgus
- Morton’s syndrome
- Hammer toes (claw toes)/quintus varus
- Tendinitis of foot and leg muscles/ duck toed ??
- Tibial periostitis
- Plantar fasciitis with or without calcaneal spur