SpiderTech tape is a non-medicated, kinesiology tape applied to the body to relieve pain. The tape is used so that it effects nerve endings on the skin that signal the central nervous system to block pain receptors. It is used widely by athletes to help with recovery, and the creators also claim that it helps with athletic performance by stimulating muscles to perform at their full capacity, according to the SpiderTech website.
SpiderTech´s website has a comprehensive education portal for those who wish to become certified to apply the tape. Kinesiology is the study of movement, and in order to effectively apply the tape, the practitioner must understand the basics of the field before starting to practice its uses.
In simple terms, SpiderTech tape provides support and structure for the applied area, and it can limit the movement of muscles or joints into harmful positions while stimulating nerve endings. It is used during strenuous exercise, as it blocks pain from being perceived by the brain and can stimulate increased mobility and strength, particularly when recovering from an injury.
While the tape is widely used in fields of medicine including sports, orthopedic, chiropractors and acupuncture, there is still a lack of evidence to scientifically prove its effects, according to findings by the Journal of Canadian Chiropractors.