At first glance, Kinesiology Tape might appear as an interesting method of decreasing musculoskeletal pain or enhancing performance, especially for athletes willing to do anything to boost their performance. Studies indicate*, however, that this special type of tape may result in performance benefits purely as a result of the placebo effect. Nothing wrong with that right?
The issue is the false/unwarranted claims made by K-Tape, one of the larger manufacturers of kinesiology tape. K-Tape claims that its product treats 16 specific injuries including carpal tunnel, runner’s knee, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, ankle sprains, and shin splints… despite there being no scientific evidence to support this.
Quoted from the lawsuit: “This case pertains to the false representations by KT Health which have been made in a concerted and orchestrated effort to prey on consumers’ eternal hope that products exist that can quickly and effortlessly alleviate their pain.” and “KT Health has used deceptive claims regarding the purported benefits of KT tape to charge a premium approximately ten times the price of traditional athletic tape, and has achieved massive sales of KT Tape as a result.”
Sure, at the end of the day, no one really gets hurt when a company or person makes claims like this. The consumer loses $. No significant damage done. However, the company/person must be willing to face the music when the time comes.
*One good example highlighting this: A study in which isokinetic (strength) testing under three taping conditions was performed, using: true facilitative kinesiology tape, sham tape, and no tape. Participants were blinded, i.e. did not know which tape they were receiving. There were no differences in their peak torque, total work, or time to peak torque.
Just use normal tape!