Chest Muscle Injuries
Working out can cause muscular damage to our chest muscles. Particularly when weight training or working out in gyms. Support can be found from Kinesiology Tape in the chest and rib area.
In the event of an injury it is recommended that you follow the R.I.C.E. treatment advice - Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It is important that in the event of an chest injury that you consult your physician or doctor as soon as possible. Fractures and sprains that are ignored can lead to complications.
Chest muscles can be broken into 3 main areas - shoulder muscles, rib muscles and stomach muscles. Strains to these muscles can happen from daily life just as much as overexertion from exercise.
Since these muscle groups interact with the protection major organs damage can be very painful. The act of breathing can make it challenging to aid recovery and deep breathing easily affect the recovery process, particularly in the rib or stomach area.
Application of Kinesiology Tape to the chest will depend on the injured muscle group. Rib and Stomach injuries can be supported with both longitudinal and lateral strapping, pectoral muscle injuries tend to be best treated in conjunction with shoulder injuries and extend in more of a fan shape.
Kinesiology tape is designed to be stretched over the area requiring treatment. It is pre-stretched on our rolls by 30% to allow easy application, however, more stretch can be added to provide greater support.
Always start by applying 5cm / 2 inches of tape without stretch as an anchor, this creates the base of the application, then stretch the tape over the area and return to a 5cm / 2 inches unstretched length at the end of the piece.
Note, thick body hair can reduce the performance of the tape as it reduces the skin surface area to the adhesive. Also it may be painful to remove the tape if body hair is longer. If you do chose to shave your skin, we do recommend 24-48 hours gap before applying tape.
Curve the corners
We highly recommend curve cutting the corners to prevent the tape peeling back. Square cut corners are notoriously bad at coming away from the skin. Once this starts to happen the tendency is for the tape to stick to anything but the skin. To avoid this cut a curve with a radius of around 10mm / 1/2 inch to help prevent this occurring.
Why is it stretchy
In order to work the tape must be stretched, the give in the tape allows it to work with your skin's normal give and take. The tape offers 130-160% elasticity depending on how it is used. When cutting the tape you should ensure that you are cutting around 25% shorter length than your intended use to allow for the stretch.
Is it waterproof
Yes, your AVO+ Kinesiology Tape is water resistant and designed to stay in place for many days if you wish. You can swim or bath with the tape and it will stay in place.
How to remove
Important... our acrylic adhesive will leaves marks if not removed in the right way. The very best way to remove is to apply oil (baby oil or olive oil work great) to the tape and rub it into the fabric. This will then seep into the adhesive and it will come away from the skin. The longer you leave the oil the easier it will be to remove.
If this is not possible then a hot bath will really help loosen the adhesive and help peel it off.
Alternatively you can slowly peel back the tape and it will release from the skin. Any residue might be removed by a proprietary skin cleaner.
What is our body tape made of?
Our AVO+ tape is medical grade Kinesiology Tape. Made of 100% cotton and finishes in a range of skin tonal colours as well as bright pink and blue. It uses an acrylic premium hypoallergenic adhesive (50 gsm) is applied in a wave effective to maximise performance.
The above guide may not work for all and is a generic guide to help users understand how to use the product. AVO+ does not make any claim to guarantee that this will work for you and that the product will offer support for any minimum times. It is noted that some users may find their body perspire under the tape that may cause it to become loose over time.
If wearing the tape causes any irritation or redness please stop using the tape immediately. If your skin has any reaction to the tape stop using and if the symptoms persist consult medical advice.