Rocktape is a new type of sports tape being used more regularly by innovative practitioners and elite athletes. Rocktape is used by practitioners to assist with the treatment of injured muscles, biomechanical dysfunction and postural dysfunction.
Practitioners consider using Rocktape instead of traditional rigid tape because Rocktape:
- Is more comfortable for the patient or athlete;
- Supports and stabilizes while still allowing full range of movement;
- Doesn’t impede circulation and can actually enhance it;
- Can be worn for 3-5 days and;
- The adhesive is very tolerant on the skin.
The aim of applying Rocktape is to assist clinicians in facilitating injury recovery and prevention. It is a tool that may assist you in enhancing function in your patients. Proposed mechanisms include:
- Improving kinesthetic awareness.
- Improving postural control.
- Modulating muscle activation via increased afferent input.
- Altering pain perception through alternate afferent input.
- Providing a positional stimulus to correct aberrant movement patterns.
Rocktape’s taping protocol is quickly becoming the standard for kinesiology taping in the medical industry. Why the interest?
Unlike other methods, Rocktape’s taping protocol is based on an ‘open-source’ philosophy; we don’t believe there’s only one right way to tape. We welcome applications and techniques that others have developed. This community based approach to taping integrates concepts from all other methods and provides a framework for the practitioner to determine the best approach.
Rocktape as used by Cadel Evans in the Tour de France, the Australian cricket team, the Australian Socceroos and many AFL, ARU and NRL clubs.
Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for Preventive Maintenance, Edema, and to treat pain.
Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology, hence the name “Kinesio”. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.
Consequently, so much attention was given to the importance of muscle function that the idea of treating the muscles in order to activate the body’s own healing process came about. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Employment of Kinesio Taping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs. The first application of Kinesio Taping was for a patient with articular disorders.
For the first 10 years, orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other medical practitioners were the main users of Kinesio Taping. Soon thereafter, Kinesio Taping was used by the Japanese Olympic volleyball players and word quickly spread to other athletes. Today, Kinesio Taping is used by medical practitioners and athletes around the world.
The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.
In contrast, traditional sports’ taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids as an UNDESIRABLE side-effect.
Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include: muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.