Elastic adhesive tapes are also known as stretch tapes and are made of twisted cotton. They come in both heavyweight and lightweight designs and are usually in white or tan colors. In common with non elastic adhesives, there is an adhesive backing on one side. These tapes can adhere directly to the skin or to other surfaces.
Heavyweight elastic tape is thicker than its lightweight counterpart and provides more tensile strength and support after application. In fact, the heavyweight elastic tapes may require the use of scissors to cut the tape from the roll before application to the body. Lightweight elastic tapes offer less interference to movement and are easier to wear while performing athletic or sporting activities.
Elastic adhesives offer the advantage of making it easier to tape highly contoured body areas with no loss of support or compression. Their elasticity helps them to conform more closely to these areas.