Biotape® is a fabric chemically bonded with 100% silver. We use a gentle adhesive that also contains silver. Biotape is comfortable and should stay on several days even while showering or bathing when scrubbing is avoided. Some skin types are oily and can cause the adhesive to wear out more quickly.
Occasionally, as with all adhesives, some people may have an allergic reaction to the adhesive. In this case, or when the adhesive wears out, the Biotape can be used (or reused) by taping the non-adhesive side to the skin with any other adhesive tape. (Waterproof Pink Hy-Tape® and surgical tape are both available through our website.) The Biotape is conductive on both sides and the non-adhesive side will remain conductive for the life of the tape.
Before removing the paper backing and applying the Biotape, the area should be free of hair (shaved if necessary) and cleaned to remove dry skin and oils.
A GENERAL RULE for using Biotape is to apply a single strip across any area of pain and another strip crossing at right angles over the points of greatest pain. IMPORTANT NOTE: If applying Biotape to a flexible part of the body, bend the area before and while applying the tape.
Some specific instructions follow:
For the shoulder, apply a single strip across the most painful point along the shoulder and down the arm about 4 inches. Other strips can then be applied at right angles over the shoulder.
For the lower back, apply a 10-12 inch strip vertically down the back on the side of the spine that hurts the most and then press along the tape to find the most tender point. Place another strip horizontally over that point. REMEMBER to have the person bend over before and while applying the tape.
For the foot, apply a strip along the area of pain either on top or bottom of the foot. Then apply another strip going around the foot crossing the most sensitive point. It is IMPORTANT that the application of this strip be completed over the top of the foot while the person is putting full weight on the foot. This will prevent the tape from pulling off when standing.
For the knee, apply 2 strips of Biotape, both starting at a point just above the knee cap and down along each side of the knee. Then apply another strip horizontally just below the knee cap crossing the other 2 strips to form a capital “A.” Again, REMEMBER to bend the knee while applying the tape.
Biotape® can be applied to elbows, fingers, toes, flat areas, meridians, or even scar tissue — any area experiencing pain, including arthritis pain and neuropathy pain. We also sell a variety of conductive supports that cover areas of pain and offer long term use.