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Kinesiotape

I bought kinesiotape from local pharmacies a couple of times and gave it up for a while (no effect) until I tried this https://www.elyth.de/en/tape-kinesio...e-kinesiology/ and it is excellent (CHF 20 online).

Does anyone have preferences for another particular brand?
Price is also of relevance

I use it mainly on my back.

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Old 12.08.2019, 11:04
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Re: Kinesiotape

Oddly enough I got some decent stuff from Aldi a while back. I used it on my ankle so can't comment on whether it works on backs, but it stayed fast without giving me any irritation and seemed to do the trick, and it cost buttons.

I'm not a big believer in it, to be honest, and I feel it just provides a "reminder" that you have a hurty bit so it further protects you from overusing it, but, in this case, it ticked the boxes.
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Old 12.08.2019, 11:35
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Re: Kinesiotape

It's really good for making people think you are really fit.

I stick a bit on my leg and go watch the triathlon, hey presto, people think I'm one of the athletes.

The aldi stuff is not so good for this purpose, better with the higher end stuff like compex.
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Old 12.08.2019, 11:38
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Re: Kinesiotape

When my children cut themselves and need a sticking plaster, they reckon the super hero ones rather than the plain ones work better.

Can't believe people get taken in by this nonsense.
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Old 12.08.2019, 11:44
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Re: Kinesiotape

Dear All,

I would appreciate all opinions because I do not want to spend money on stuff that does not do anything for me. However, if you want to post something like Tom1234 or Jonh_H did above, I kindly ask you to refrain.

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Dear All,

I would appreciate all opinions because I do not want to spend money on stuff that does not do anything for me. However, if you want to post something like Tom1234 or Jonh_H did above, I kindly ask you to refrain.

Many thanks again!
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If it's an ongoing problem, maybe make an appointment with the physio. You can then treat the cause rather than tape up the pain.
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Old 12.08.2019, 11:52
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I would appreciate all opinions because I do not want to spend money on stuff that does not do anything for me. However, if you want to post something like Tom1234 or Jonh_H did above, I kindly ask you to refrain.

Many thanks again!
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Well being that I actually am an athlete and I have tried various, self applied and applied by a pro, like a physio from compex.

In my expert opinion, just choose a color to match your shoes. I find them no use other than a fashion accessory with a possible placebo feel good factor thrown in.
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I would appreciate all opinions because I do not want to spend money on stuff that does not do anything for me. However, if you want to post something like Tom1234 or Jonh_H did above, I kindly ask you to refrain.
Er, I think that's what I hinted at in my post. As John.H suggested, perhaps you are buying the wrong colour?
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When my children cut themselves and need a sticking plaster, they reckon the super hero ones rather than the plain ones work better.

Can't believe people get taken in by this nonsense.
The placebo effect only works on human beings, Tom.
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The placebo effect only works on human beings, Tom.
Not sure what you are insinuating about my children...
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Not sure what you are insinuating about my children...
I donít think he is insinuating anything at all about your children, the OP on the other hand..
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I'm insinuating nothing about your children, Tom.
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Re: Kinesiotape

Look, I am not sure what the negative energy and rudeness is all about, not sure how a legit question could provoke that. There is a difference between expressing an opinion / sharing your experience and showing off internet balls.


Sandgrounder, it is indeed a chronic problem, the only way I have found to deal with it so far is spending 10-15 mins every morning to stretch properly, and pilates even once a week makes a huge difference. I do team sport on a regular basis instead (of pilates) though and use tape as a temp solution every now and then for a couple of hours.

I was skeptical after trying the ones sold here, a friend brought Elyth tape from DEU and I was genuinely surprised that it does work for me.
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Old 12.08.2019, 13:07
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Sandgrounder, it is indeed a chronic problem, the only way I have found to deal with it so far is spending 10-15 mins every morning to stretch properly, and pilates even once a week makes a huge difference. I do team sport on a regular basis instead (of pilates) though and use tape as a temp solution every now and then for a couple of hours.
You didn't state what is actually wrong with your shoulder and of course that's your prerogative but instead of, or in addition to, the stretching, have you tried deep massage with a hard foam massage ball , like this?

You stand against a wall with the ball between your shoulder and the wall and use it that way.
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Old 12.08.2019, 13:18
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Look, I am not sure what the negative energy and rudeness is all about, not sure how a legit question could provoke that. There is a difference between expressing an opinion / sharing your experience and showing off internet balls.


Sandgrounder, it is indeed a chronic problem, the only way I have found to deal with it so far is spending 10-15 mins every morning to stretch properly, and pilates even once a week makes a huge difference. I do team sport on a regular basis instead (of pilates) though and use tape as a temp solution every now and then for a couple of hours.

I was skeptical after trying the ones sold here, a friend brought Elyth tape from DEU and I was genuinely surprised that it does work for me.
I've no experience with kinesiotape myself, but I have athlete friends that swear by it. From what I understand, different tapes work for different parts of the body, and how you apply it makes a huge difference in whether or not it is effective. Also not all parts can benefit from k-tape. For example I have bursitis of the hip, and apparently no tape can improve that. I have to do the stretching.

I can't recommend a brand, but a thought that came to mind - Has a physiotherapist shown you how to correctly apply the tape to get the maximum benefit? It's not easy to tape your own shoulders correctly compared to say, taping your knee. I wonder if you could get away with a less expensive tape or any number of brands using a different technique? 20 Fr per roll seems like a lot to me, but I guess if it works for you then it might be worth it.

In any case, I hope you find some relief.
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You didn't state what is actually wrong with your shoulder and of course that's your prerogative but instead of, or in addition to, the stretching, have you tried deep massage with a hard foam massage ball , like this?

You stand against a wall with the ball between your shoulder and the wall and use it that way.
Heh, I actually do that, but the ball in your link is too hard and small for me - I switched to a somewhat underpumped volleyball instead.

I tried a lot of stuff. E.g., physio and massages are great, but they do not fix the problem long-term. Exercising in the morning and training torso muscles (pilates, etc.) seems to be the best solution - sort of like changing eating habits if you want to lose weight and keep it off.

Plan to look at fascial massage therapy / manipulation.

EDIT: Oh, and the problem is upper back (trapezius) pain and shoulders + neck hard as a rock, back ruined by years of office work during which I did not take any care.
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Old 12.08.2019, 13:33
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Look, I am not sure what the negative energy and rudeness is all about, not sure how a legit question could provoke that. There is a difference between expressing an opinion / sharing your experience and showing off internet balls.


Sandgrounder, it is indeed a chronic problem, the only way I have found to deal with it so far is spending 10-15 mins every morning to stretch properly, and pilates even once a week makes a huge difference. I do team sport on a regular basis instead (of pilates) though and use tape as a temp solution every now and then for a couple of hours.

I was skeptical after trying the ones sold here, a friend brought Elyth tape from DEU and I was genuinely surprised that it does work for me.
If we look at the concept here, what is the tape supposed to do, in the best case scenario.
It's supposed to gently lift the skin away from the underlying tissue, where there's pain, inflammation, whatever.. Thus allowing better healing of that tissue, better blood flow etc. It's not meant to heal anything.

So really, all else aside, I'm not sure what one brand can do better than another except maybe stick better / come off easier / not irritate the skin or it's level of stretchiness.

Hence I think if you try two brands, both stick ok and don't fall off but one eases the pain better than the other, it must another factor at play?

I just can't see how one can claim to be better than another.. Maybe the level of stretch can match your skin elasticity and your injury? If it works, good. Stick with it.
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I've no experience with kinesiotape myself, but I have athlete friends that swear by it. From what I understand, different tapes work for different parts of the body, and how you apply it makes a huge difference in whether or not it is effective. Also not all parts can benefit from k-tape. For example I have bursitis of the hip, and apparently no tape can improve that. I have to do the stretching.

I can't recommend a brand, but a thought that came to mind - Has a physiotherapist shown you how to correctly apply the tape to get the maximum benefit? It's not easy to tape your own shoulders correctly compared to say, taping your knee. I wonder if you could get away with a less expensive tape or any number of brands using a different technique? 20 Fr per roll seems like a lot to me, but I guess if it works for you then it might be worth it.

In any case, I hope you find some relief.
Thank you! Indeed it is very difficult to tape correctly and this ends up in waste of CHF 20 tape! I am very glad when Mr. Aleydis is there So yes, I should go to a therapist.
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Heh, I actually do that, but the ball in your link is too hard and small for me - I switched to a somewhat underpumped volleyball instead.
There's meant to be some discomfort. If there isn't, the ball isn't doing it's job.
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