Elastic Adhesives7 ProductsElastic adhesive tapes are also known as stretch tapes and are made of twisted cotton. They come in both heavyweight and lightweight designs and are usually in white or tan colors. In common with non elastic adhesives, there is an adhesive backing on one side. These tapes can adhere directly to the skin or to other surfaces. Heavyweight elastic tape is thicker than its lightweight counterpart and provides more tensile strength and support after application. In fact, the heavyweight elastic tapes may require the use of scissors to cut the tape from the roll before application to the body. Lightweight elastic tapes offer less interference to movement and are easier to wear while performing athletic or sporting activities. Elastic adhesives offer the advantage of making it easier to tape highly contoured body areas with no loss of support or compression. Their elasticity helps them to conform more closely to these areas.
Non Elastic Adhesives11 ProductsNon elastic adhesive tapes are made of cotton and/or polyester and have a zinc oxide adhesive mass backing. They can adhere directly to the skin as well as to other surfaces. They will support less highly contoured body areas at a lower cost than if using elastic adhesives. However, due to their lack of elasticity, non elastic adhesives perform less satisfactorily in application to other areas like the shoulder or elbow. Non elastic adhesive tapes fall into two categories. Some are basic cotton tapes with a zinc oxide based adhesive. Others (rigid strapping tapes) have a rayon backing and use a stronger zinc oxide adhesive. The more powerful adhesive in rigid strapping tapes provides additional support and stability and prevents injury. However, this adhesive may cause medical reactions in certain individuals. In these cases it may be necessary to wear a hypoallergenic fixing bandage between the tape and the skin.