FAQ's

1. What does Ares Kinesiology Tape do?

Ares Kinesiology Tape helps and promotes the movement of lymphatic fluid and blood circulation by lifting the skin of affected area. The following results are reduction of muscle fatigue, increase in range of motion (ROM),
and better quality of muscle contraction and performance.

2. What do we need for Ares Taping technique?

Ares Kinesiology Tape and a pair of specialized taping scissors for taping method would be perfect to start.
In some instances, you will also need a partner to help you complete the taping process.

3. What benefits distinguish Ares Kinesiology Tape from other tapes?

Ares Kinesiology Tape is made from high quality cotton fabric same elasticity as human skin, water-resistant and air-permeable with heat activated unique patterned adhesive-hypo-allergenic, latex free and safe for even highly sensitive skin.

4. How is Ares Kinesiology Tape applied? Is it difficult to apply?

It is very simple to apply taping techniques. You can simply apply tape patches big enough to cover affected areas. For better results, however, you can refer to Mini-Guide in every individual package as well as Video Clips for each area of body at our website APPLICATIONS.

5. What are suggestions for optimum taping result?

1. Skin should be free of oil, sweat, or lotion prior to application.
2. After application, rub down tape to activate heat-sensitive adhesive.
3. Avoid extreme stretching of the tape during application to avoid skin irritation.
4. Apply approximately 30~60mins prior to activity or shower to allow adhesive to adhere properly.
5. Skin irritation is extremely rare, but care should be taken with hypersensitive skin patients.

6. What is the difference between colors?

No physical or chemical difference between the colors. They are identical in specifications and features other than different colors. Color choice is a matter of individual preference!

7. Can it be applied during shower or swimming?

Yes, it can be worn during shower or swimming as Ares Kinesiology Tape is water-resistant, air-permeable and highly durable in water.

8. How long will Ares Kinesiology Tape stay on?

Tape will stay on for multiple days at a time. We recommend that you do not wear it for more than 5 days though. After several days, the acrylic adhesive will have become quite strong therefore it would be too hard to remove the tape after too many days.

9. How can I remove paper backing prior to application?

To smoothly remove the paper backing, hold the tape vertically and place your index finger on the top edge of the tape. Then by pulling back or flexing your index finger towards your body, the tape will peel from its backing. Any contact with the acrylic adhesive will diminish its adhesive abilities. Try to touch the adhesive as little as possible.

10. What conditions is Ares Kinesiology Tape commonly used for?

Ares Kinesiology Tape has over hundreds of recognized applications, which include taping for knee injuries (including patella pain and patella tracking), shoulder injuries, back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder instability, low back pain, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff injury and tennis elbow and etc.

11. Should I wear Ares Kinesiology Tape before exercise?

If you have a known condition or if you need a little extra stability & support it¡¯s always best to tape up before exercise as a preventative measure.

12. Do I need to round the ends of Ares Kinesiology Tape prior to application?

It is not necessary but it is helpful to round the ends of the tape prior to application. The rounding helps prevent the square edges from catching and may increase the length of tape application. Otherwise, you could trim the edges if the edges of the tape have begun to life during the first few days.

13. Can I apply Ares Kinesiology Tape to help with fractures?

Taping is not a good solution for fractures. Seek medical attention if the tape does not provide immediate relief as it may be an indication of something serious like a fracture.

14. Do I need to shave before Ares taping application?

For a limited number of people, body hair may limit adhesion. If the degree of body hair limits adhesion then you may need to shave or clip the area to be treated.

15. Can I apply Ares Kinesiology Tape by myself?

It¡¯s very easy and generally only takes a few tries to get comfortable taping yourself. Any of the lower extremity applications (knees, shins, Achilles tendonitis, plantar, ITBS) can be applied by yourself easily.
You will need someone/partner to help apply the neck, back, and shoulder apps.

16. How can I effectively remove Ares Kinesiology Tape from skin?

To remove the tape from the skin it is generally much easier to do when you have bathed or the tape is moist. It is best to remove from the top down. This will be in the direction of the body hair and should limit discomfort. Lift the tape from the skin, applying tension between the skin and the tape then push the skin away from the tape rather than pulling the tape away from the skin.

17. Can I apply more than one layer of Ares Kinesiology Tape?

When applying more than one layer of the tape, you should first apply the strip which will provide the primary therapeutic effect desired. As successive layers of tape are applied, their effect on the sensory receptors may create interference instead of clear, specific stimuli. The best outcomes generally come from a ¡°less is better¡± approach. Fewer layers of tape and less tension are better.

18. Why do I have to apply Ares Kinesiology Tape in a stretched position of muscle/tissue?

For all basic application technique, the muscle/tissue to be treated should be put in a stretched position in combination with the stretch capabilities of the Ares Kinesiology Tape, will create convolutions as the skin is lifted. Skin convolutions may be present following the basic application or may appear during normal joint motion. It is believed that even if convolutions are not present, they are occurring. The convolutions aid in the normal flow of blood and lymphatic fluids.

19. Why is it better not to stretch Ares Kinesiology Tape for most applications?

When applying the taping method mainly for pain relief, it is desirable to apply the Ares strip with as less tension as possible. If too much tension is applied, the effects are diminished.

20. What are the differences of Kinesiology taping method from conventional athletic tapings?

During conventional athletic taping, proper application requires using all of the available stretch. The concept is that by taking all of the stretch out of the tape, it will limit or assist a motion and provide for protection from injury/re-injury.

21. What should I do if I want to apply for pain area which is not listed in Application section?

Tape can be applied over pain areas to be simple. Please follow the basic applications for any applications.

1) To apply the tape onto pain area, the skin and muscle of the affected area has to be fully stretched before     application of tape. Do not stretch the tape itself, and then leave it on for 3~5 days.
2) When the length of the tape is measured. Cut the tape after stretching the muscle/skin to which you are     about to apply the tape.
3) After taping, it is desirable if you see wrinkles(convolutions) of the tape when the body returns to a normal     position. In some cases, wrinkles(convolutions) are not present.