So we put them to the test. The material, texture, elasticity. the wave and the weave all differ somewhat with some brands more obvious than others of course.
So what's the verdict? Well, according the the participant in the photos below who was taped with both the original Kinesio Tex tapes and the imitation tapes, the original Kinesio Tex tapes felt better, decreased pain etc.
Hey, I only did the taping (so as to be consistent, as in a proper research), the participant and the patient's (which means you) views will be much more important.
So please insist whoever is treating you with Kinesio tapes use the original for best results if they need to use Kinesio tapes.
Here are some of the pictures.
Mechanical correction of the PFJ with original Kinesio Tex tape
Same participant with 2 types of tapes
Squatting with the tapes
*Pictures taken from KT 1 & 2 course in KL on 15/4/12
The present batch of students at the Kinesio Taping course in Kuala Lumpur was the first time we actually compared "copycat" (or imitation tapes) to the real slim shady (or the original Kinesio Tex tapes).
There was some discussion about the imitation tapes yesterday and during today's session, 3 of the students actually brought imitation tapes along.
Here are some of the imitation tapes.
And the verdict? Which tape is the fairest of them all? Or rather, which is the best?
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About Gino Ng
Prior to joining Physio Solutions and starting up Sports Solutions, Gino Ng worked as a senior sports physiotherapist at the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) from 1999-2009. He graduated with a double masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia on a SSC sponsorship.
Gino's position is perhaps most unique amongst sports physiotherapists in Singapore having seen all sides of the field as a practitioner, an athlete and as a patient.
His special interests are in the treatment of articular cartilage injuries having done research in the area whilst undergoing his postgraduate training. He specializes in treating sports injuries, as well as devising sports rehabilitation programmes after reconstructive surgeries to the shoulder, knee and ankle joints.
As a former national triathlete, Gino is a 2-time Singapore National Triathlon champion (2000-2001), National Duathlon champion (2001), 10-time winner of the National Vertical Marathon (1998-2001, 2004-2005, 2007-2010). He has also placed 4th at the 2001 Asian Duathlon Championships in Hong Kong and made several podium finishes in the Asian Cup Triathlon Series events over the years while holding down a full time job as a physiotherapist.
Partly as a result of his grueling training regime, Gino needed 3 knee surgeries in 2002 and 2003. After which he made a comeback and placed 4th in the 2005 SEA Games triathlon event.
When not participating, Gino has kept close to sports, travelling widely with the Singapore medical teams for major overseas events such as the various SEA Games, 2002, 2006 Commonwealth Games, the 2006 Asian Games and he is the only local Singaporean physiotherapist to have been to both the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Gino is also one of only two certified Kinesio Taping Instuctors (CKTI) in Singapore and teaches the Kinesio Taping Level 1 & 2 courses. He is also a frequent speaker at symposiums and sporting events.