How To use SELFGRIP®
SelfGrip provides the ideal combination of both tape flexibility and restriction.
Dr. Keith Overland* explains why: “The stretching properties of SelfGrip® are vital to injury recovery. When a muscle is strained the tape must limit the action of the muscle or joint. However, we do not want to use tape that does not stretch because it will artificially limit the range of motion and impede healing. SelfGrip® when properly applied offers anywhere from 100 to 160 percent stretch. This, in my opinion, is the ideal combination of both tape flexibility and restriction.”
Choose the right size.
The size of your SelfGrip® athletic tape/bandage should be selected to the body part you use it on.
Finger or Wrist
Use 1” or 2” for finger or wrist;
Ankle, Foot or Elbow
Use 2” or 3” width for ankle, foot or elbow;
Knee or Leg
Use 3” or 4” for knee or leg.
Unroll and Wrap – no pins needed!
Simply unroll as much SelfGrip® as you need to cover the area and tear straight across the width. The self-adhering properties are achieved by overlapping 50% on every turn, pressing the last inch on the final turn with the palm of your hand, and holding it in place for several seconds. Avoid wrapping any elastic bandage too tightly. This can seriously impair circulation. If SelfGrip® ever feels uncomfortable or tight, remove and reapply. Relax SelfGrip® after the first turn and adjust for comfort. Wash by hand in mild soap, lay flat to dry, and SelfGrip® will be ready to go for your next adventure.
It’s that simple. Follow the directions below or click here for video demonstrations with Dr. Keith Overland on the correct way to tape.
Dr Overland* is a certified chiropractic sports physician and athletic trainer in practice since 1981 in Bridgeport, CT. He has been a medical consultant for the NY Mets Baseball, a team doctor for the 2002 Olympics and medical director for the Connecticut State Olympic Games. Dr Overland has taught courses for the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic and was appointed by the CT governor as the chairman of the Connecticut governors committee on physical fitness. He is currently the medical editor for the North East Tennis Magazine.
- Make one complete wrap of SelfGrip® around the injured finger. Continue to make another wrap, this time taking in the adjoining finger as a support.
- Tear off an additional 4 to 5 inches of SelfGrip®, fold in half lengthwise, and wrap around the 2 fingers to insure Immobilization.
- Apply one complete turn of SelfGrip® around the palm of hand, angle bandage toward wrist and make one complete wrap around the wrist.
- Make successive wraps of Selfgrip in “figure eight” pattern until entire hand and wrist are wrapped. Avoid wrapping too tightly. If constriction occurs, remove and apply again.
- Apply 2 complete turns of SelfGrip® around the wrist close to the hand with firm pressure but not enough to impede circulation.
- Tear off an additional 8 to 10 inches of SelfGrip®, fold along its length doubling the thickness and wrap this over the first bandage as close to the hand as possible. Do not over tighten as this may restrict blood flow
- Make one complete wrap of SelfGrip® around the arch of the foot. Angle SelfGrip® upward and make one complete wrap around the lower ankle.
- Continue this procedure in a “figure eight” pattern until entire ankle is wrapped.
- Apply 2 complete turns of SelfGrip® around the upper forearm close to the elbow, overlapping the head of the radius. Use firm pressure but not enough to impede circulation.
- Tear off an additional 10 to 12 inches of SelfGrip®, fold it along it’s length doubling the thickness and wrap this over the first bandage as close to the elbow as possible. Do not over tighten as this may restrict blood flow.
- Start with one complete wrap of SelfGrip® around the forearm. Spiral SelfGrip® upward and wrap the midarm one complete turn.
- Continue to overlap each successive wrap of SelfGrip® in a “figure eight” pattern. Work slowly and carefully, smoothing SelfGrip® down with hand pressure at each turn to avoid wrinkles. To avoid over tightening, unroll 12 to 18 inches of SelfGrip® and wrap the area until procedure is complete.
- Make one complete wrap of SelfGrip® around the base of the toes.
- Continue in an overlapping spiral toward the ankle and finish the procedure with one final “figure eight” around the lower ankle.
- With knee slightly bent, apply one complete turn of SelfGrip® around the upper calf.
- Continue to apply Selfgrip in an upward spiral overlapping each turn approximately 50%.
If you have a history of injury, have had surgery, or if pain and discomfort persist, use this product only under your doctor’s direction. This product contains natural rubber latex which may cause allergic reactions in some individuals.
Caution: This Product Contains Natural Rubber Latex Which May Cause Allergic Reactions