What is Kinesiology Tape and How Does It Work?

Kinesiology tape is now becoming increasing popular, and a surprising number of people are now reliant on it to relieve their aches and pains, but what is it, and how does kinesiology tape work?

Kinesiology tape is a method of helping to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and help your muscles to recover. The tape has been made to ensure that your muscles and joints receive extra support when they need it the most.

Who uses it?

Athletes were the main users of kinesiology tape until a few years ago. Many athletes were seen with lengths of tape on various parts of their body, and none of us seemed to know what it was. When I saw an athlete wearing the tape a few years ago, I thought it was probably something to do with sports rehabilitation, but I had no idea how it would work, or what it was exactly. These days, this special type of tape is very popular, not just among athletes, but the rest of us too, and that can only be a good thing.

So what does kinesiology tape it do?

This very special type of tape has been manufactured from synthetic fabric in order to give your external, lightweight support, when joints and/or muscles are hurting. I personally use this tape when one of my joints comes out of place thanks to joint hypermobility syndrome. Other people use the tape when they have a strain or a sprain, sore muscles, tendons or ligaments. This special type of tape works to ensure you have extra support and help, without the need for bulky bandages. Because the tape is lightweight, it will not restrict the users movements, which means you can literally stick the tape on, and get on with your day.

Which KT tape should I buy?

There are many different brands of Kinesio tape (Also known as KT tape) on the market right now. The more expensive brands seem to be the best when it comes to ensuring the tape sticks, and instances of dermatitis are reduced, and the tape is a lot more waterproof.

An example of good quality KT tape is REA tape, and it’s becoming increasingly popular, thanks to its reliability and flexibility.

REA Tape

Product features

REA tape is one of the best brands on the market right now. Available in 10 different colors, and with 5 meters of tape in every pack, you’ll get enough tape to last you quite a while. Latex free, and using Japanese glue, this tape will reduce the risk of dermatitis, while ensuring that your body gets the support it needs, when it needs it.


REA Tape is a good quality tape that many customers have been happy with. Some customers have found that it’s easier to peel off when wet. There have been a few comments about the tape not sticking too well, but that has only come from a few people.


  • Works to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Can also be used on strains, sprains, sore muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • Lasts up to 8 days
  • Comes in 10 different colors


  • Getting more expensive
  • Can be painful to peel off
  • May stand out

Overall Verdict

REA tape seems to be a good quality tape that helps to aid recovery, and ensure that pain and inflammation is reduced. Because we all react differently to products placed on the skin, some people get a small rash, while others have no ill effects whatsoever. This tape seems to work as well as it claims to, ensuring that the healing process is sped up, and users get the support they need.

Kelly is a personal fitness trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with clients all over the world. With over 15 years in the health and fitness industry she will be sharing her knowledge with the Fitness Fixation community.