Often shoulder pain is accompanied by loss of shoulder range of motion and decreased rotator cuff strength.
Kinesiology tape may be used to help facilitate your rotator cuff and shoulder deltoid muscle. It can augment your physical therapy exercises to ensure that you quickly gain strength and proper motion around your shoulder.
The proper recovery is imperative for complete healing. Without it, you are opening yourself up to even more damage to your shoulder and more annoying and serious shoulder problems. In the event of an injury it is recommended that you following the R.I.C.E. treatment advice - Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. It is important that in the event of a shoulder injury that you consult your physician or doctor as soon as possible. Fractures and sprains that are ignored can lead to complications.
Shoulder Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons
The shoulders are a complex network of muscles, ligaments and tendons that support the ball and socket joint that connects the arm to the upper torso. Since the arm rotates across a wide spectrum of movement it can be injured in many ways. The shoulder consists of the upper arm bones (humerus), shoulder blades (scapula) and collarbone (clavicle). The shoulder is kept in place by 4 muscle and tendons that is called the rotator cuff.
- Common Shoulder injuries include:
- Rotator Cuff tears - through falls or overuse
- Frozen Shoulder
- Collarbone Injuries
Kinesiology Tape can be used to provide support to the shoulder as well as improving the recovery of muscle groups.
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 an 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.
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. We highly recommend that you try your look in advance of that special day or night.
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.