The first time I remember seeing kinesiology tape was during the past Olympics. I didn't really think much of it, to be honest. Then, I started seeing it all over my gym. Probably because one of the trainer's husbands is trained in applying the tape correctly.
I began asking my trainer about whether she thought it could help my posture. She is always, and I mean always, reminding me to keep my shoulders back and keep my shoulder blades retracted. I think the 20+ years of standing slumped makes it a hard habit to kick, unfortunately. She referred me to the other trainer who I spoke with about my issue. She said it would probably help me out, because it would serve as a reminder to pull my shoulders back. So I gave it a go.
I like the tape I got. I'm a tiger, yo.
She taped me up and explained a bit about Rocktape (the brand I used).
In lieu of explaining all the benefits, just click on over to see what it can help with.
I was impressed to learn that I could keep it on for up to 5 days, as the tape was fine getting wet (after allowing it to set for ~ 30 minutes.)
I ended up keeping mine on for about 4 days before peeling it off.
What did I think?
-I definitely noticed the tape (not in a bad way) the first couple days I had it on. It really did serve as a reminder to keep my shoulders pulled back. After the first couple days, I either was keeping my shoulders back more, or the tape felt looser, because I didn't notice it anymore. I'm not sure if it's possible to put it on "tighter" but, if so, I'd probably ask to do that next time.
- It stood up fine getting wet in showers, and through workouts.
- It was easy for me to find someone trained to tape me up.
- The edges started peeling up at day 2, which was why I took it off after 4 days. It just got to be a bit nagging at that point.
- Sporadically it did itch. But that was pretty rare.
- The placement was visaable. Which I didn't really care about. In fact, I felt super awesome with my tiger stripes on. But don't tape yourself if you're going to go to some formal event.
- If you can't find someone trained to tape you, I wouldn't recommend taping yourself. At least until you learn how to properly do it.
I still have quite a bit of my roll left, so I plan on getting taped again in the very near future. I'm interested to see if I'll try it out when I begin running even more, and whether I notice improvement in some of my running ailments, as well.
Have you been taped?