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RockTape is a special kind of tape known as kinesiology tape. Kinesiology tape is used by practitioners thorough the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance.
While Kinesiology taping has been used for over 30 years, it has become very popular due to the exposure at the 2008 Volleyball competitions and 2012 Olympic Games, as well as in such sports as CrossFit, soccer, gymnastics, running and tennis.
Rocktape is fantastic for treating common sport injuries like shin splints, plantars and runners knees, tennis elbow and shoulders. RockTape can also increase endurance by helping stabilize muscles/joints and promoting blood flow during and after athletic activities and events.
RockTape supports and enhances proper movement through treatment of acute injuries, chronic cases or for prevention and performance improvement and training.
RockTape is made from 97% cotton and 3% nylon. The adhesive is hypo-allergenic, acrylic-based and contains no latex. It takes approximately 1 hour for RockTape to bond completely for most people, so it is always best to tape at least an hour, if not the day before, a competition or training session. (Hair should be trimmed short or shaved the day before application to minimize irritation of the skin). The adhesive is water resistant, so showers and swimming poses little problem. (The cotton fibers used in RockTape will absorb water, so it will stay wet for 15-20 mins… please do not use a hairdryer to dry – you may burn yourself). If you use a towel to dry, please pat dry for longer lasting, so you won’t catch the edges and lift the tape. You can carefully trim the edges that begin to lift to have the tape last longer. When removing RockTape, please go slowly and in the direction of hair growth. Stubbornly bonded tape can be soaked with baby oil to make removal easier.
Contraindications to include
Sensitive or thin skin, clients prone to skin allergies, compromised or thin skinned infants, elderly and pregnant. RockTape is also contraindicated on open wounds, active cancer, and deep vein thrombosis. Also, kidney disease and congestive heart failure clients who have a limited ability to handle fluid… edema taping applications can increase the fluid load on the system and have unwanted effects for these clients.
Turn down the volume on pain
More specifically, it runs interference on pain. Ever whack your shin and rub it, and suddenly realize you feel better? RockTape on the skin can interfere with painful signals which are directed to the brain. When the signals arriving to the brain are altered, it does not produce the sensation of pain. When kinesiology tape is properly applied, many of our customers call it “magic” or think that it fixed their injury instantly. In fact, it helps to change how your body interprets pain, turning down the pain “volume” that your body hears. RockTape does so by affecting the nerve endings and different types of receptors in the skin of the injured area.
Decompresses an area of swelling and inflammation
When RockTape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers. This allows for greater blood flow to and from an area, all while allowing the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly. It does so by allowing congested or compressed blood vessels (capillaries, lymph vessels, arteries, veins) to flow more freely. It also creates more room in between layers of fascia, muscle, fat, skin, and other structures.
It delays fatigue
Research has shown that RockTape on skin can attenuate muscle fatigue. In rehab, this is very important, not only for the parts of your body that are currently hurting, but also for the surrounding areas as they help to pick up the slack for muscles that are currently not working well. (Go Longer, Stronger)
It normalizes muscle tone
When someone is injured, fatigued, sick, or inflamed, the symphony of muscle action that normally takes place with great accuracy often falls out of tune. This can happen all over the body. For instance, research has shown that people who sprain their ankle tend to have altered activity of their hip muscle as a result. RockTape helps bring dormant muscle back to life and help calm down the overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.
It spreads physical stress
Unlike conventional taping which is meant to prevent any movement at all, RockTape is meant to allow full movement of the taped area. Through elastic properties and quick recoil, RockTape can help distribute forces to other nearby areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones.
Further technical information:
The decompression action has two primary effects on the body. First, it relieves pressure from the free nerve endings in the tissues that are responsible for nociception (pain) so it can immediately reduce perceived pain. Secondly, the decompression action of the tape allows better circulation to and from the area taped. This reduces swelling at the site of an injury and likely contributes to the performance and recover effects seen in athletes who use RockTape during training and competitions.
The second major effect of kinesiology taping is the stimulation it provides to the variety of sensory nerves in the skin and underlying tissues. As RockTape lifts and creates shear patterns in the sking and underlying tissues, there is an alteration of the afferent signals going from the taped area to the brain. As a result, this changes the brains response to the incoming information, altering the efferent signals returning to the taped area. This neurological effect of taping is responsible for many of the beneficial effect of using RockTape.
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