KT Tape has just settled a law suit, but, does it work?

KT Tape  a form of “Kinesiotape” has just defended a class action in the USA, and lost.

KT Tape has made claims that it can lift fascia and soft tissue around areas of pain and inflammation, enhancing blood flow and lymphatic waste drainage. The claims that the tape can “keep you pain-free” and “prevent injury” has led to the lawsuit – stating that because they claim these things about their product they are able to charge 10 times the price of other compression tapes.

KT Tape was unable to defend the claims they made, and as if this is not bad enough, the efficacy of the actual tape remains one of the enduring controversies of sports medicine.

Many atheletes and practitioners swear by it, and it is commonplace at elite events like tennis and beach volleyball, but,, does it work?

Well, first up, what IS KT tape?

Kinesio tape was developed by a Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase more than 30 years ago, and the adhesive strapping is designed to provide muscle and joint support without restricting movement.

According to Kinesio's product website, it is also designed to be used with a particular taping technique - a skill practitioners need to learn on a special training course. Now where have I heard that before (hint, New Balance’s Good Form Running program anyone?)

Simon Bartold
Director of Bartold Clinical