Four different colors are used for the application of K-Tape
Cyan and Magenta are generally called blue and red.
There is no difference in the composition and properties of the different tapes. They all have flexibility. The tape’s color is chosen in order to support therapy and is based on the study of Chromatics. It should be noted that the correct tape application is crucial and the color of the tape is to be viewed only as an added positive aspect to treatment. Initially only beige colored tape was used in Japan. Even today, beige is the most commonly used color in Japan. In comparison, red and blue colored tape was more widely used and accepted right from the beginning in Europe and Canada. The choice of color is simple.
The color red is considered activating and stimulating,
Blue is soothnig.
The use of black colored tape came along considerably later. It was apparently developed to meet fashion needs. It is mainly used in sport, especially in the USA.
The effect of color is apparent on anyone entering a room. The person experiences a totally different feeling if the walls are painted blue compared to red.
K-Tape works in the same way.
If red tape is applied to a tense muscle or to an inflamed structure, most patients will respond with further stimulation and feelings of discomfort. In comparison, the color blue is soothing. The therapist should take note of this effect.
K-Tape is therefore applied so that red tape stimulates weak structures lacking in energy and aids in increasing muscle tension. The blue is used to soothe structures overflowing with energy and where the aim is to reduce muscle tension. The beige tape has in any case a neutral effect.
In some cases the patient’s vanity may play a role if the tape should not be noticeable. This is especially so with lymphatic drainage where large areas of skin are taped. Beige tape is mainly used in such cases. Similar to the placebo effect, the therapist should not discount the effect of colors but nevertheless still recognize that it is not the most important aspect of the therapy.