The Intuitive Biomechanical Tape
Dynamic Taping is a novel approach that uses a specially designed, highly elastic tape to contribute energy into the kinetic chain. Developed by a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, it is not designed to limit range like rigid tapes but rather to permit full range whilst still providing strong support where needed.
Dynamic Tape is designed to stretch in all direction (4-way stretch) while Kinesiology tapes are designed to stretch longitudinally (2-way stretch). Dynamic Tape has many times the resistance and recoil, likened to a bungee cord. Kinesiology tapes have a very gentle recoil, designed to lift the skin. Dynamic Tape can stretch to over 200% of its resting length with no restrictive end point. Kinesiology tapes typically stretch 140% – 180% with a defined rigid end point where the tape will stretch no more. This prevents the tape from being applied with the body part in a shortened position while maintaining full range. The result is a tape that can contribute elastic potential energy to assist or resist, facilitate or inhibit and offload or deload soft tissues in addition to the normal proprioceptive, neurophysiological and circulatory effects of conventional tapes.
Dynamic Tape is designed to work mechanically, designed to alter movement patterns while absorbing load and re-injecting that energy back into movement, all without limiting range of motion. Kinesiology tapes are designed to work neurophysiologically, meaning they interface with the skin to alter pain perception, address lymphatic drainage, and encourage changes in neuromuscular function.
Dynamic Tape is composed of a synthetic, stretch nylon & lycra cloth compared to that of Kinesiology tapes that are predominantly cotton. The tape is extremely soft to touch and highly conformable. The adhesive has been independently tested and rated as non irritating, non sensitising and non toxic. It is also applied in thin strips to enhance the skins ability to breathe. The material is breathable and allows water through to the skin but can be patted dry in seconds.
All this combines to produce a well tolerated, long lasting tape that is quite possibly the most comfortable athletic tape on the market.