High-quality tape is essential for the successful application of K-Taping therapy. K-Tape has very specific properties and maintains consistent quality over a period of several days and under stress. Critical to this requirement is the quality of the materials on the one hand, and the controlled, consistent processing on the other hand. The cotton fabric is woven with the warp and weft at right angles to each other and the incorporated elastic warp thread retains elasticity during the entire application period and not be subject to fatigue.
As an International Trainer, the Academy depends upon the use of high-grade tape with consistent quality. Quality control has been introduced in the production of the tape. In addition, samples from each batch are tested in a German laboratory for residual monomers and general residues in the adhesive, as well as for their mechanical properties. In particular, residual monomers, which remains from the production of the acrylic adhesive, must be removed as far as possible by a specific and time-consuming finishing process, since they can lead to skin irritations and intolerance.
The mechanical properties are tested to show whether the tape has the required elasticity and retains it throughout the period of application.
Ultimately, the quality of the tape only becomes apparent through use. Of course, the quality of each tape should not be tested on the patient. Some of the criteria and quality deficiencies can be simply checked beforehand.
Characteristics of the cotton fabric- the cotton fibers must be woven at right angles to each other. The longitudinal thread must run parallel to the outer edges of the tape. Some tapes show visible distortion of the fibers. Instead of running parallel in a longitudinal direction, they run diagonally. The outermost threads of the fabric become severed at short intervals (see bottom picture). These discontinuous outermost threads cannot hold the tension, and fraying of the fabric leads to shortened wearability.
Deficient elastic properties-the elastic fiber woven into the fabric longitudinally must display very specific stretch and endurance limits. Deviation of stretch parameters and premature fatigue present problems in usage. If the tape has significantly lower stretchability, this results in different modes of action, reduction in wearability, and poorer comfort. If the tape has significantly higher stretchability, the K-Taping application is ineffective, or produces a different result.
Variable elastic properties-as with other high quality goods, the manufacture of a tape requires constant quality control during production. Even slight alterations in the manufacturing process, variations in the quality of raw materials, uneven cutting of the individual rolls, and storage conditions of the finished product can lead to inconsistencies in the properties of tape from one manufacturer. It is advisable to buy only the best quality (e.g. K-Tape) and to remain with a good product and not constantly change it.
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