Quick video on how to remove Kinesio tape from skin. If you are using tape after injuries and for pain relief, here’s quick video on do’s and don’t of removing tape safely off your skin. Click below to check out the video.
Hey guys, this is Manu Kalia, physical therapist and Ayurveda herbalist. So, a quick video on…I’ve been showing you guys some taping techniques, so I wanted to shoot this video just to let you know how to take the tape off. It’s a common question a lot of my patients ask, “How do I remove the tape?” So, just so you don’t irritate your skin. And there are different types of tape. This is a Kinesio tape we have on. This is a bit easier to remove than some of the other tapes which are stickier, such as the Kendall Wet-Pruf, and usually those tapes you don’t leave on for more than 48 hours. Kinesio can be left on once you know that the skin tolerates it. If it doesn’t cause any itching, redness or irritation and you tolerate it well, you can leave it on for four to five days.
But for taking it off, regardless, we try to follow the same principles so you don’t irritate the skin, you don’t rip the skin. So what you want to do is, now she’s going to do it, so remember you don’t want to grab the tape and you don’t want to yank it. You don’t want to pull that tape hard like people with Band-Aid. That’s not what you want to do, because remember the tape’s been on there for a few days and the glue that’s holding the tape there, it can sometimes rip or irritate the skin. So you hold this, you tack the skin down, pull the skin away from the tape, and you gently work at peeling the tape, and then you come down to the next point, tack it down, and you pull.
Sometimes after taking a hot shower it’s easier to remove that tape. I even had people use oil to get some of the tape off, rubbing either even vegetable oil for that matter or mineral oil, different types of oils, and it helps get the glue off easier too. So the big thing is don’t yank on it, don’t irritate your skin, tack your skin down, hold it with the other side and then gently continue to remove the tape.
So I hope that helps, and of course, remember, even if the tape feels good but you’ve started noticing that it’s causing itching or irritation of your skin, you want to ideally switch the type of tape you’re using or avoid using the tape. That’s not a good strategy. Your skin’s just going to get irritated.
And the second thing is you want to give your skin also time to breathe. So let’s say you’ve been using tape for three or four days and now you take the tape off but you decide you want to get the tape back on because you’re going to be up on your feet. Again, it’s probably better to give yourself a day or two for your skin to breathe again before you apply that tape again.
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