1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
The skin should be clean and free of sweat and oils.

Longer body hair should be shaved.

Maximum duration of application is one day.1, 2, 3) Do not apply for longer than one day, even if there is no itching.4)
 1) Reason4)
  (1) Skin problems (allergic contact dermatitis).
  (2) Testing should be performed prior to Balance Taping due to change in the status of the subject (i.e., the status of the patient can change every day
       and Balance Taping method differs according to the status of the patient
  (3) Adaptation to skin stimulation by kinesiology tape can occur. Therefore, new skin stimulation is required.
  (4) Sweating occurs in everyday life and sports activities, and can cause skin problems or pain.

Kinesiology tape is immediately removed if the skin becomes itchy to avoid discontinuation of treatment due to an adverse reaction to the tape.1, 2, 3)

Even when a patient feels comfortable after Balance Taping, excessive activity may worsen symptoms.4) Although pain decreases after Balance Taping, excessive movement after taping can cause pain after tape removal. Patients with severe pain do not exercise until the symptoms completely disappear, even when pain has decreased after Balance Taping. This should always be clearly explained to patients.

Those being treated with balance taping should shower immediately after sports activities and remove the tape in wet conditions.4)

Never stretch the starting and end points of the tape (approximately 2-3 cm).5,6,7) The origin and insertion areas of tape should be applied directly to the skin without stretching to prevent skin problems.

Do not apply Balance Taping to abdominal areas after a meal due to possible mild digestive disorders.4)

Athletes must have time to adapt to Balance Taping for 30 minutes before sports activity.4)

If the subject has sensitive skin, allergic contact dermatitis must be considered. Allergic contact dermatitis may be induced when tape creates adhesive irritation; however, in most cases, dermatitis is caused when tape is attached for longer than one day, tape is stretched too much, the area is vigorously rubbed after tape application, or the skin is stretched too much before attaching the tape. Allergic contact dermatitis also appears when tape is not removed after exercise or after sweating profusely, or when tape is applied to delicate skin, such as the anterior aspect of the axilla.

 1) Precautions4)
  (1) Do not stretch the tape too much.
  (2) The skin should not be stretched too much before attaching the tape.
  (3) Tape should be removed daily,1,2,3) even though the skin of the tape application site does not itch, and new tape should be applied after allowing
       the skin to rest for a short period (at least 30 minutes).
  (4) If there is much sweating during exercise, immediately remove the tape after exercise.
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2) Kim BJ, Lee JH. Effects of scapula-upward-taping using kinesiology tape in a patient with shoulder pain caused by scapular downward rotation. J Phys Ther Sci. 2015;27:547-548.
3) Lee SM, Lee JH. Ankle inversion taping using kinesiology tape for treating medial ankle sprain in an amateur soccer player. J Phys Ther Sci. 2015;27:2407-2408.
4) Lee JH, Choi SW. Balace Taping: Clinical Application of Elastic Therapeutic Tape for Musculoskeletal Disorders. Paju: WE TAPE. 2016.
5) Han JH, Lee JH, Yoon CH. The mechanical effect of kinesiology tape on rounded shoulder posture in seated male workers: A single blinded randomised controlled pilot study.
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6) Hwang-Bo G, Lee JH, Kim HD. Efficacy of kinesiology taping for recovery of dominant upper back pain in female sedentary worker having a rounded shoulder posture. Technol
    Health Care. 2013;21:607-612.
7) Kim BJ, Lee JH, Kim CT, Lee SM. Effects of ankle balance taping with kinesiology tape for a patient with chronic ankle instability. J Phys Ther Sci. 2015; 27:2405-2406.