Kinesiotaping is an elastic type of tape which can provide support to muscles, treatment of pain, and treatment of swelling. It can be used to correct movement patterns, decrease muscle tone, decrease pain, or correct posture to list a few benefits. The tape is designed so that it does not restrict function or range of motion, as opposed to athletic tape.
Athletic tape is supportive and is used to support bones, muscles and ligaments to protect a joint or other structures. It is much less elastic than Kinesiotape. It can be used to improve performance, prevent an injury from occurring, or protect an existing injury. Athletic taping for support can be used after an injury like a sprain or strain. It is used to physically assist keeping muscles and bones in place.