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How To Painlessly Remove Kinesiology Sports Tape and Adhesive

How To Painlessly Remove Kinesiology Sports Tape and Adhesive

Whether you’re watching the Olympics, pro-athletes, or college and high school sporting events, there’s a good chance you will see colorful tape draped across various body parts. Called sports tape, or kinesiology tape, these elastic therapeutic tapes are applied by trainers, physical therapists and the athletes themselves, to relieve sports-related stress. The tape, by design, is super adhesive so that it can hold strong even in water, and with sweat. That means when you talk to most athletes who use the tape, a major complaint, is taking off the tape without pain, followed by annoyance of removing any sticky residue. 

There is good news for athletes. Now you can enjoy the benefits of sports tape without the pain associated with removal, by just using a few squirts of all-natural, Oil Slick Plus adhesive remover. In the past, if you or a trainer wanted to remove the tape, there were only two options: go slow and endure the pain, or coat the tape with oils like baby or olive oil. Both methods have downsides. The pull and pray method, besides being painful, can also cause irritation, or damage the skin. The oil method, can make a mess, by getting on uniforms and towels etc.. Plus, the oily residue they leave behind makes it hard to re-apply more kinesiology tape or medical bandages should they become necessary.

What is Oil Slick Plus and Why Do Athletes Prefer Using it to Remove Sports Tape

 Oil Slick Plus is a unique combination of non-toxic and eco-friendly citrus ingredients, created in America by a Southern California athlete. A small bottle easily fits in a gym bag or medical kit and all you do is spray it on the tape till it is damp then slowly remove the tape. You can apply a bit more to the area that was taped to remove any remaining adhesive. Rinse off with water, dry and you’re done.

 Tips for Using Kinesiology Tape 

 1. It is best to consult with a physical therapist (PT) who is trained in the 

proper application of kinesiology tape, before you try to put it on yourself. A PT can show you how to apply the tape in the pattern that will help your specific problem. Tape can be applied in an X, Y, I, or fan pattern, depending on your needs. 

 2. Trim excess hair. Fine hair isn’t usually a problem, but dense hair can keep the tape from sticking properly. 

 3. Cut rounded corners at the ends of each strip if they don’t already have them. Rounded corners are less likely to snag on clothing, and helps to keep the tape on longer.

 4. Keep your fingers on the packing paper to hold the tape. Touching the adhesive part introduces skin oils that will make the tape less sticky.

 5. Your therapist can let you know how much stretch to use in the treatment area. 

 6. When you stretch the tape, use the whole length of your thumb across the tape to get an even stretch.

 7. After you apply the tape, rub the strip vigorously for several seconds. Heat activates the glue. Full adhesion usually takes around 20 minutes.

How Does Kinesiology Sports Tape Work?

 There are more than 50 brands of kinesiology tape on the market, but the original product, Kinesio tape or Kinesio Tex Tape, was developed in the late 1970s by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor who wanted a tape that provided support but didn’t limit movement the way traditional athletic tapes did. Today trainers and athletes report a number of benefits from using the tape. Those include: helping with sports-related injuries, such as Achilles tendonitis, strains, sprains, shin splints, instability and swelling. Because the tape helps lift up the skin, it allows for increases in blood flow, which may reduce swelling, and increase pain relief and healing. This is crucial for accelerated rates of muscle and joint recovery after strenuous workouts -- and during times of pain and injury. Studies are ongoing to discover all that kinesiology tape can do, but there is already a legion of top sports stars and dedicated amateurs that swear by it. 

Oil Slick Plus is Great for Removing Bandage Adhesives of All Kinds 

Whether you are trying to remove standard medical bandages, or stretchy sports tape, Oil Slick Plus is formulated to work fast. It removes any bandage, and the adhesive residue, without using drying alcohol or messy oils. Make using Oil Slick Plus part of your sports routine.

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