Cohesive bandages are inexpensive, reusable bandages that are self-adhesive only. It is commonly used to prevent or treat sprains, strains and other mild injuries to muscles and joints. It is well-known in veterinary circles, used on horses in particular, as it doesn’t stick to anything else, including hair. It can also be used to keep dressings in place, as a substitute for a conventional bandage (but be aware that unless stated, they are not usually sterile even new) and as light protection for vulnerable skin, particularly knees. It is thin enough to fit inside shoes after application and the smaller diameter works wonderfully for buddy taping. It can also be used to alleviate swelling and pain in chronic musculoskeletal symptoms, like joint hypermobility syndrome or arthritis.

The Ergohacks Verdict

It is an invaluable part of our first aid kit because (i) it only sticks to itself making it great for use with young children, (ii) it is reusable and durable, (iii) it provides protection, compression and light support all in one. CMS Medical is a reputable, certified manufacturer of medical supplies and their cohesive bandages are top notch quality at an affordable price. It’s the duct tape of the first aid box.


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Also available in packs of 6 and in different colours and widths: Tan (5cm),White (5cm), Blue (7.5 cm)White (7.5 cm)Tan (7.5 cm). Also available as latex-free: Red (5cm or 7.5cm)Blue (5cm or 7.5cm).

About CMS Medical

CMS Medical is a reputable, certified manufacturer of medical supplies established in 1990. “Based in Featherstone in the heart of Yorkshire we supply some of the biggest names in the health and beauty industry along with sports teams and businesses.” Read more on their about page.


Product dimensions: 5cm x 4cm
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Colour: Red, Blue, Tan, White
Materials: latex (or latex-free alternative) coating fabric-based textile
Certification: ISO 13485

We based our Ergohacks Verdict on years of using CMS’ cohesive bandages. This article was first published on 5 May 2016 and last updated on 28 June 2017.