This is a tape made of cotton fibers with polymer elastic strands, giving the tape the ability to stretch. With such elastic and pliable properties, it allows the tape to be stretched when it is applied to the skin, lifting the skin layer on top of the muscle. This lift creates a small gap between the skin and muscle layer, allowing for increased blood flow and lymphatic drainage around the area. This can help to reduce swelling around the affected area. Kinesio tapes can last for up to 5 days, as long as the tape does not fray.