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ROCKTAPE is a brand of Kinesiolgy tape that was developed in the USA and is now available in more than 10 countries worldwide. Barry Spencer is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Medical Development Director for Rocktape. In this article Barry explains how to safely and effectively apply Rocktape.

To get the most effective results and value for money when using Rocktape, it is important to apply your tape correctly and look after it once it’s on. Tape that is well applied and looked after will generally last between 3-5 days, though this does vary with individual skin types and the body parts taped.

Each roll of Rocktape comes with a leaflet containing instructions on how to apply tape for some common problems and, in addition to this, below are some simple rules that will help you ensure you apply your tape well. Video demonstrations of how to apply tape can also be viewed at www.rocktape.net/how-to-use/
If you are in any way unsure of whether your injury/problem is appropriate for taping, then you should consult a medical professional. For a list of qualified Rock Doc’s in your area, go to http://www.rocktape.co.uk/rock-docs/ and enter your postcode.

Be careful when taping over a body part/person with the following:
• History of tape allergy (these are usual latex based though and Rocktape has no latex)
• Fragile or healing skin
• Deep Venous Thrombosis
• Don’t tape over the following type of skin
• Areas treated with radiation in the past 6 months
• Open wounds
• Infected areas
• Skin preparation
• If you’re concerned about an allergy, apply a small (1cm x 1cm) piece of tape on the front of the elbow. If after 30-60 minutes there is no reaction, then it is considered safe to go ahead and apply tape.
• Remove any oils, creams, waxes, lotions, etc.
• Do not tape sweaty or wet skin
• Shave/ clipper hair if required. Tape will stick well to hairy skin up to a point, but if you are a very furry fellow then you may have to get the clippers involved!
• Cutting/Measuring tape
• Measure the size of the piece of tape required and then cut the tape
• Fold tape or use lines on backing to judge lengthways cuts
• Round off all corners
• Tear backing paper to remove
• Remove backing paper in stages. Only remove when ready to be stuck.
• Sticking tape
• Minimise handling of sticky side
• Always apply ends of tape with no stretch
• Apply gentle stretch evenly throughout tape
• Use extra hands to help if they are available
• If you’ve cut too much tape and trimming is required, do it with the paper on
• Rub over ALL of the tape to activate glue before moving
• TAKE YOUR TIME

Tape care tips
• Be careful when dressing/ undressing
• Always apply at least 1 hour prior to exercising/swimming/showering
• Try to sit still for 15 min post application
• Tale care when drying after shower, etc. – pat dry, don’t rub. If possible, sit still with the taped area uncovered for 15 min
• The next article in this series will focus on some common injuries/painful areas and how to tape for these problems.

How to Apply Rocktape

RockTape is great for taping injuries, and can often successfully alleviate the symptoms associated with common complaints such as back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and calf/achilles pain.

RockTape is considered to be hypoallergenic as the adhesive is an acrylic adhesive and contains no zinc oxide. RockTape is also latex free. Because of these two properties, RockTape is generally considered to be very good for skin of all ages. Very occasionally, some skin sensitivity can occur, but this is much more likely to be “operator error” than a true reaction to the tape itself. We have listed some steps below to ensure that you get the most out of your RockTape application, and also reduce the risk of any skin issues.

  1. Round the corners: this means cutting the corners off your RockTape before applying. The reason we do this is that the corners are much more likely to catch on clothing, towels, sheets etc and cause the edge of the tape to lift. Once this lifts, the rest of the tape can peel off very quickly. We want your tape to last 3-5 days, so this is important!
  2. No tension on the first or last inch of tape: each end of the tape needs at least an inch (2.5cm for those who only know metric!) of UNSTRETCHED “anchor”. This anchor means the tape is going to stay stuck better, but most importantly, it reduces the risk of skin traction injuries that can occur right at the very end of the tape. The anchor for the decompression strip needs to be a little longer, ideally 5cm, as the tension applied to the decompression piece of tape is more than the longitudinal piece of tape. If you have a very small patch of irritation on the skin where the tape started or finished, this is most likely the cause. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN AREAS WHERE THERE IS A LOT OF SKIN MOVEMENT, LIKE AROUND THE SHOULDER
  3. Stretch the body part, not the tape: RockTape is stretchy stuff! For the newbies to taping, it is really tempting to pull a lot of the stretch out of the tape as you apply it. But the ideal scenario for most applications is to stretch the body part that you are taping and only apply a very small amount of stretch to the tape. Once again, this is REALLY IMPORTANT when taping around shoulders.
  4. Get it on early: RockTape lasts 3-5 days, so you really don’t need to be applying it at the last minute before exercise. The adhesive in the tape is heat activated, so you ideally want to have the tape on an hour before exercise, or even two hours before water based exercise. Or use a hair dryer or place a moderately warm heat pack over the RockTape for a minute or two create some warmth to really activate the adhesive to shorten the lead time for exercise. Why not get it on the night before and sleep in it? That is the best way to ensure it is well stuck for your morning exercise. If you are regularly using RockTape in the water, consider using RockTape H2O, our specialist tape with extra stick for use in water. People who perspire a lot could also go with H2O as their tape of choice, as well as those who live and work out in hot/humid conditions.
  5. If the area taped is a knee, ankle or Achilles, apply a heat pack to taped area, as these areas are bony and there isn’t as much body heat generated.
  6. Get it off GENTLY: RockTape sticks well, but it does come off quite easily if you are careful. PLEASE DON’T USE THE “BAND-AID” TECHNIQUE OF “GRIP AND RIP”. When using any type of adhesive tape on skin, most skin irritation occurs when the skin is subject to traction force with an aggressive removal technique. RockTape comes off more easily when it is wet, and we recommend peeling the tape back on itself SLOWLY, in the direction of hair growth (to avoid a waxing effect guys- the girls usually know this!), and if possible, whilst supporting the skin behind the tape as it is gently eased away. If you, or your skin, is particularly sensitive, then apply some oil over the tape before removing it and the oil will break down the adhesive and make the removal much easier.
  7. Removal of residual adhesive: If you have any residual adhesive on the skin when you remove your RockTape, you can remove residual adhesive quickly and easily by rubbing skin with the adhesive side of the recently removed RockTape.
  8. Try a test patch: If you have a history of skin irritation with tape, then we suggest you try a test patch. To do this, apply a small piece of tape WITHOUT ANY STRETCH to an area of skin near to where you wish to apply the tape. For upper limb applications, the inside of the forearm is a good spot, and for lower limb applications, try the inside of the thigh. If you leave this in place for up to 24 hours (remove if any symptoms prior to this) and you don’t have any reaction, then it should be safe to apply RockTape. Please still err on the side of caution by using VERY LITTLE STRETCH on your tape applications.

Don’t forget the video demonstrations available at the attached LINK.

Many thanks Tony.

What’s the most effective way to keep rocktape on when taping an Achilles’ tendon?

Hi Loukia,
I often use a moderately warm heat pack to assist the RockTape adhesive adhere to the skin when taping my Achilles. This is effective as there isn’t much muscle around the ankle so there isn’t as much natural body warmth created like on the calf, hamstring or quad. To assist you get the best results from your RockTape application please take a few minutes to read the attached blog post – https://rocktape.com.au/rocktape-tips-and-tricks/
Cheers Tony

I use H2O Rocktape to cover my Glucose monitor(Type1 Diabetes) which gets stuck onto my tricep area. I round the edges but they frey and lift quickly after a shower, even after waiting for hours. How can I seal the cut edges to prevent this from happening.

It is important to cut the RockTape with sharp scissors. If you are using blunt scissors it is harder to round the edges properly. The adhesive is heat activated and so after applying we recommend you generate some heat. You can do this by rubbing the tape in a way that doesn’t lift the corners, or you can enhance the adhesion to the skin by applying a heat pack of moderate heat to the RockTape after application. 30-60 seconds of heat pack application will be sufficient. Some me sports trainers also use a hairdryer to generate heat.

I hope this helps you get longer from your application.

Once rocktape is on can I still use my heating pad over it ?

How to Apply Rocktape

RockTape has become the “go-to” option for taping for knee pain, whether it be in children or adolescents, weekend warriors, tradies or even the older population with arthritis pain. Due to the flexible nature of RockTape, it allows full range of movement for everyday tasks and sporting activities, as well as being comfortable and providing a sense of support without unnecessarily restricting movement. RockTape is also hypoallergenic, containing no latex or zinc oxide, and this makes it suitable for most people, even those with allergies to some of the traditional tapes. Some knee conditions that people like to use RockTape for include:

  • Patellofemoral pain, which can be called runner’s knee, anterior knee pain, maltracking patella/kneecap amongst other terms
  • Osgood-Schlatter’s condition
  • Patella tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Resolving ligament injuries such as medial collateral ligament injuries

As the saying goes, “there are many ways to skin a cat”. Whilst we are not sure whether this is in fact true (nor are we particularly keen to find out!), there are certainly many ways to RockTape a knee. Everyone has their favourite method, and the good news is that the best way is the way that works for you! Provided that all the RockTape pieces start and finish on skin, with rounded corners, then you should get 3-5 days out of every application. The best application for knee pain depends on:

  1. What is the likely cause of the pain?
  2. What activities will you be doing with RockTape in place?
  3. What size RockTape do you have on hand- 5cm or 10cm width?
  4. Which method you find the easiest to apply?

How to Apply Rocktape

RockTape for your knee pain

RockTape has become the “go-to” option for taping for knee pain, whether it be in children or adolescents, weekend warriors, tradies or even the older population with arthritis pain. Due to the flexible nature of RockTape, it allows full range of movement for.

Taping for Osgood Schlatters and Severs condition

The traction apophysitis injuries of adolescents are always tricky to manage as they typically occur in very active kids and these kids are always reluctant to rest! Rocktape can be part of the treatment approach for these conditions, alongside the usual modalities.

Taping for shin splints

The application for “shin splints”, more accurately known as “medial tibial stress syndrome” (or MTSS), is one that we continually get positive feedback about at Rocktape HQ. This application has helped many runners get back to training and racing more quickly. To.

Taping for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is most commonly seen in middle aged men and women and athletes, especially long distance runners who constantly pound away on their feet. Those athletes who quickly increase their workload are most at risk. People who suffer from conditions such.

Taping for low back complaints

Low back complaints are very common with our modern sedentary lifestyle. Taping of the low back is a very easy way to provide support for the patient and supplement the treatment provided. When to Use: Taping of the low back can be used for a number of problems.

Taping for hamstring injuries

Hamstring injuries are among the most common injuries in kicking sports like football and soccer, and explosive power sports such as sprinting. They are still the main cause of games missed in AFL football despite years of research. To Begin: To tape a hamstring.

RockTape’s medical director explains how to apply tape to help banish those little running niggles we all get every now and again. On race day, RockTape will be in race village on hand to tape up any niggles you might have.

Simple RockTape Applications for common aches and pains

A lot of folk involved in kinesiology taping will tell you that tape should only be applied by a super-special, highly trained, jedi tape ninja. (Actual title may vary). They will discourage athletes and members of the public from even attempting to self-tape. I don’t really agree with any of that – and bear in mind I am physiotherapist, tape instructor, and tape company medical director!

I think that in many situations, many people can and should consider self-taping. However, there are some caveats and exceptions that I will mention. First and most important: if you have a pain that is any of the following you should see an experienced, competent therapist/medic.

  • You have a pain you rate as strong or severe (on a scale of 0-10: 6 or above)
  • You have a pain which doesn’t stop or become mild (under 3/10) in any position
  • You have a pain which is worsening despite resting it.

Self-taping is best suited to those little niggles, aches and pains. The ones that don’t exactly stop you in your tracks but nonetheless stop you moving freely, playing your sport, standing at work. If you are anything like me, and 95% of the world, you know the kind of niggles I mean.

Now before you grab a roll of RockTape and get sticking there are a few things you need to know to ensure you get a safe, effective, lasting application.

THE GOLDEN RULES

  • Round all ends of tape: This is not just a cosmetic thing to make your tape look sexy and cool (although it will help with that). The real reason is to remove the sharp edges which can easily catch on clothes etc.
  • Apply ends of tape with 0% stretch: Important one this. In order to stop the tape popping off when you move, or worse irritating your skin, make sure that the last few cm of tape is applied with no stretch at all.
  • Avoid handling the glue side of the tape: There is no need to put your fingers on the glue side of the tape, every time you do you leave a little grease behind and weaken the glue. It’s not the end of the world if you do; but try to avoid it.
  • Rub tape all over to activate: When you lay the tape on your skin it will look and feel like it is well stuck. But unless you rub it all over it will easily lift away from the skin. By giving the top side of the tape a really good rub all over you create a little friction and cause a chemical reaction in the glue making it stick really well.
  • To watch a little video of these tips see here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIbmiaNBKsk

SIMPLE SELF-TAPING

This is our X marks the spot application: it’s a really easy, simple method that can be used to treat loads of aches and pains in just about every body part. It takes just 3 simple steps:

  1. Put the tissue on stretch
    Get your body into a position that stretches the muscle, tendon or joint that you want to tape. This is usually pretty straight forward, if in doubt just find a position that stretches the skin tight. The chances are this will also have stretched the tissue under it. What is really important is that as you apply each piece of tape you are in this stretch position.
  2. Apply fibre tape
    The tape goes on in line with tissue fibres. Apply one end first (with no stretch at all on the tape). Peel the backing paper away and lay the tape without adding or subtracting stretch. Lay the final few cm with no stretch at all
  3. Apply decompression tape
    This tape is applied perpendicular or oblique to the fibre tape. The 2 bits of tape should cross directly over your sorest spot, band-aid/plaster style with the paper torn in the middle, the tape stretched 40-80%. Lay each end with no stretch at all

That’s it! Rub the whole thing thoroughly all over to make sure it’s well stuck. It takes about 20 minutes to reach full adhesion, so make sure you wait that long before you get too vigorous with your movement!

Plantar Fasciitis is most commonly seen in middle aged men and women and athletes, especially long distance runners who constantly pound away on their feet. Those athletes who quickly increase their workload are most at risk. People who suffer from conditions such as arthritis and diabetes are also susceptible to Plantar Fasciitis. It is the most common heel pain due to the inflammation of the Plantar Fascia.

With other taping applications we have detailed in our monthly newsletter we have regularly reinforced not to overstretch the tape when applying it. This is NOT the case when applying tape to the Plantar Fascia due to the thick skin of the sole. There are three similar ways to tape for plantar Fasciitis. All three start by applying a 5cm wide Rocktape from the posterior aspect of the heel.

The first two applications are measured from the posterior heel to the metatarsal heads. When stretched this should extend to where the toes begin. For the initial application place 1.5-2cm of Rocktape on the posterior heel without stretch, stretch the tape up to 90% of its capability and lay the last 1-2cm down, again without stretch.

The second application is only different in the aspect that it is cut into a “jellyfish”, having 3-4 strips cut into the Rocktape leaving the initial 1.5-2cm to be placed down on the heel intact. You then place each strip along the Plantar Fascia (as can be viewed on the Rocktape webpage – www.rocktape.com.au), with the same 90% stretch. The problem with this application is there are 3-4 small strips that could peel up, whereas the single strip would have less chance of lifting. Saying that, my mother-in-law swears by this application.

The final application is similar to the first, except we want to measure the tape to go to the toes. Then fold over the last 3 cm of the tape and cut 2 small triangles into the tape. When unfolded it opens to the shape of 2 diamonds. Apply the other end of the Rocktape to the heel and stretch it out as previously detailed. The last portion of the tape with 2 diamond holes is then placed over the 2 nd and 3 rd digits and the tape is placed down on the top of the foot. This will lock the tape in place and reduces the chance of it lifting.

All three applications then have a decompression tape applied. The Rocktape is placed on the lateral aspect of the foot (the first 1.5-2cm without stretch) and then stretch it to about 90% under the Plantar Fascia up through the arch and place it last portion of the tape to the upper foot, without stretch.

When wearing shoes and socks, this really heats the tape and sticks very well and can last for at least 4-5days when correctly applied. The patient must always be careful when placing on footwear.

Try all three different taping applications and see which suits you and the patients.

If you have any specific taping requests for the next newsletter please let us know. Until then, keep on “Rockin”.

Here we’ll detail the steps on applying RockTape Kinesiology Tape for Metatarsalgia, a condition associated with activities like running and jumping. This application can reduce pain and inflammation in the area. Start with our standard 2 inch tape, and measure from just below the toes to an inch away from the heel. With 1 inch wide tape, measure a second strip around the foot, just below the toes.

Leave about a half inch between the ends. Round the tape’s corners to avoid catching on gear or clothing. From a seated position, stretch the skin by reaching toes towards the shin. With the first strip, tear an end then anchor just below the toes with the strip toward the heel. Pull away the release paper and apply down the foot with no stretch. Tear the center of the second strip to expose the adhesive. Then, with some stretch, apply to the ball of the foot. Lay down the edges with no stretch, then rub to activate the adhesive.

Thanks for watching! Check out our other videos for more movement and taping tutorials to help you go stronger, longer.

How to Apply Rocktape

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What does RockTape do?

RockTape can assist with multiple ailments, however it has three primary functions: queuing form, reducing inflammation & swelling, and minimizing discomfort*.

How does it work?

RockTape microscopically lifts the skin away from the muscle and fascia, which decompresses the area which reduces swelling. RockTape also signals the central nervous system through the skin’s nerves, which provides powerful feedback to minimize discomfort* and cue form.

Is it difficult to apply?

Not at all. If you can apply tape, you can apply RockTape. There are instructions in every box and more than a dozen HD instructional videos can be viewed in our video gallery.

How long will it last?

Standard RockTape can be worn up to 5 days. It can also be worn while swimming or in the shower. However, we suggest RockTape H2O for water sports as it can be worn up to 7 days.

How much does it cost?

Each roll retails for $20. A roll will last for about 10-20 applications, or about one to two months, depending on frequency and length of applications.

Is RockTape Latex Free?

RockTape is 100% latex free, using a similar adhesive to Band Aid strips. We exhaustively test our tape on a variety of skin types.

Our Mission

We’re more than just a tape company. We are a movement company.

We help athletes of every level go stronger, longer with the best kinesiology tape, cutting-edge education, and fitness support products. We want people to move more, and move better.

*Not clinically proven for all injuries. Our products and website are not intended to replace professional medical advice or treatment. Warranties and remedies are limited to replacement cost.

Laura Campedelli, PT, DPT, is a physical therapist currently working in New York at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, an affiliate of New York Presbyterian.

Support Your Shoulder With Kinesiology Tape

Verywell / Brett Sears

If you have shoulder pain, you may benefit from physical therapy to help decrease your pain, improve your shoulder mobility and strength, and improve the functional use of your arm. Your physical therapist may use various treatments and modalities to help you return to your optimal function.

Kinesiology tape is a common treatment used in physical therapy. It can be used to help decrease pain, support your joints, manage lymphedema and facilitate normal muscle contractions.

Many times, shoulder pain is accompanied by loss of shoulder range of motion and decreased rotator cuff strength. Your physical therapist can teach you various exercises to improve your rotator cuff strength and shoulder stability.

Kinesiology tape may be used to help facilitate your rotator cuff and shoulder deltoid muscle. It can augment your physical therapy exercises to ensure that you quickly gain strength and proper motion around your shoulder.

Learning to apply kinesiology tape to your shoulder to facilitate shoulder and rotator cuff strength may be one component of your PT for shoulder pain. Before applying kinesiology tape, an evaluation by a physical therapist is recommended to assess if you would benefit from this type of taping. Your PT can also tell you of any ​contraindications to using the tape, and she can teach you how to properly cut the tape strips for your shoulder.​

It should be noted that research into kinesiology tape use is limited.

A 2017 study examined the effects of using kinesiotape to manage shoulder pain and to change the throwing kinematics in 20 people. The results showed no difference between patients who used kinesiology tape and those who used a sham (fake) treatment of K-tape.

This treatment may not offer spectacular benefits and positive results may be due to the placebo effect. The risks of using the tape are minimal as well. Understanding how K-Tape works and what to expect from using it is important.

Apply Tape to the Front of Your Shoulder

Verywell / Brett Sears, PT

To begin, be sure your shoulder is clean and dry. If hair is present, a buzz clipper can be used to remove it. You may also want a friend to help you apply the tape to ensure it is done properly.

The first strip to apply is on the front of your shoulder. Here is how you do it:

  • Sit with your shoulder and arm exposed.
  • Cut an “I” strip to the proper length. It should measure from the top of the front of your shoulder to the side of your arm.
  • Reach behind you, placing your shoulder into extension. This stretches the muscles in the front part of your shoulder.
  • Remove about two inches of the tape backing on one end of the “I” strip and place it on the upper part of the front of your shoulder.
  • Remove the backing.
  • Pull the tape so that it is stretched about 25%, and anchor the tape to the side of your arm, about 1/3 of the way down.

Once you have placed the tape on your shoulder, rub it gently a few times. The heat that is generated from the friction helps the tape to adhere to your skin.

Apply Kinesiology Tape to the Back of Your Shoulder

Verywell / Brett Sears, PT

Once the “I” strip is secured to the front of your shoulder, it is time to place an “I” strip on the back of your shoulder. Here is how to do it:

  • Cut an “I” strip to the proper length. It should reach from the back of your upper shoulder to the side of your arm.
  • Sit comfortably and reach your shoulder across the front of your body. This stretches the back part of your shoulder.
  • Tear off the tape backing on about two inches of one side of the “I” strip and anchor it on the upper part of the back of your shoulder.
  • Peel off the tape backing.
  • Gently pull the kinesiology tape to about 25% stretch, and anchor the end on the side of your arm about 1/3 of the way down. It should slightly overlap the front “I” strip.

Gently rub the kinesiology tape a few times to secure it and improve the adhesion. The tape can be worn for two to five days to help facilitate contractions of your shoulder muscles. It can be worn during athletic activity and can get wet while swimming or bathing.

If you have shoulder pain, you may benefit from improving the strength and muscular coordination of your rotator cuff muscles. Using kinesiology tape may help augment your exercise program so you can return to your previous level of activity quickly and safely.

Physical therapists usually think of their patients first, as we should. That’s what I love about our profession. All of our energy goes toward the patient’s immediate treatment and how to make them better. However, often we leave other options for self-treatment on the table. Don’t forget that many patients can treat themselves or a loved one using your detailed instructions of how to use PT products.

Generally as a profession, we do not like to “push” or sell products. We are medical martyrs to the patient’s cause and will do so for free or as low as we can. While patient care comes first, the health of our business and profession must be supported as well. In addition, if patients are going to buy products anyway, they might as well buy them from a clinic they trust. That way we have a small chance of making up for large cuts from insurance companies. We can keep our jobs, and that allows us to make enough money to contribute to our associations and lobbying groups to advance our profession and bring world peace to healthcare… At least we will be able to support the downhill struggle against overworked PTs and underpaid PT clinics.

RockTape products are some of the best to use in your clinic. Here are a few reasons why I use RockTape products:

  1. RockTape is not just a tape company, they are a movement company. Their tape, philosophy, and education focus on keeping people moving. The mobility line is supported by evidence and clinical based regional interdependent treatments.
  2. They want their clients to have fun and make money. Not a bad addition to our fight to make people better.

HOW to utilize products from RockTape:

  1. Take a RockTape FMT course. Superior product and education will equip you with the right tools at the right time for the best outcomes.
  2. Educate your patient, spouse, coaches, loved ones, etc. on how to apply kinesiology tape appropriately. Focus on patterns, techniques and precautions to stay sharp.
  3. Have a storefront. Not just a few rolls behind the counter, but a dedicated high traffic area that has a taping display along with other products. We all sell pulley systems and cold packs—why not other self-help tools like tape, balls, bands, and foam rollers.
  4. Charge appropriately! There is no reason physical therapists cannot be good business people. Don’t overcharge or oversell, but make a return on your education, product, and business investment. Make a little extra to pay for the CEUs, broken icemaker, or even just rent. A smart business captures appropriate income.
  5. Have fun! With long hours and increased patient loads, we sometimes forget to have fun with our clients. Use some hot pink tape on the 90 year-old TKA, or stars and stripes patterned tape with the proud military vet.
  6. Utilize in marketing or social media. Have your staff or patients take fun pictures of their tape or return to activity (HIPAA compliant of course). Gather your tribe members and unite in a bigger cause.
  7. Products are easier to talk about and sell than services. Host a course to a local school, running store, etc. and show off some fun, colorful tape or products. Everyone loves trying a product out, while education about stretching may not be quite as different or appealing.
  8. Keep your heart in the right place. If you put the patient and your profession first, you will always make the right decision about when and where to use or sell any product to your patients.

-Stuart Wilson, PT

Check out Stu Wilson’s practice online here, & read more about Stu here.

Jake Boly

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RockTape is one of the better known kinesiology tape brands on the market, and they make a plethora of supportive strength products. They make a variety of tapes, which can be utilized for multiple purposes to support the body during your training. I reviewed their standard 2″ tape through a variety of tests, which included: durability, adhesiveness, and support for power, strength, and fitness athletes.

RockTape’s standard tape is a cotton base and is a little bit heavier than other cotton tapes we’ve tried. How did RockTape’s 2″ standard tape hold up to other cotton tapes?

Shop RockTape HERE.

RockTape Stability

RockTape’s standard tape is a little stiffer than other cotton tapes we’ve tried. Their tape is made with a 97% and 3% nylon blend, which gave it a soft and flexible feeling. They market their tape as being the best option for endurance based athletes because of its soft and flexible nature. I liked how this tape supported my shoulder joint, as it was super mobile and nonrestrictive.

For a cotton tape, I thought it provided a fair amount of support, as opposed to the stiffer synthetic tapes. While the tape provided a comfortable light support, I did experience one issue with the adhesiveness. I found the tape lost some of its stick when it crossed joint creases, or I got progressively more sweaty. Their site says the tape has the ability to stick for 2-7 days, but I found mine slipping off joint creases after a few hours of sweaty lifting.

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If you need this tape to stick for multiple days, then I’d recommend having someone help you apply it. The tape stuck decently well, but if you don’t have someone to help you apply it well, or lack the knowledge of application with muscle direction, then I could see someone struggling to get the right stable fit.

RockTape Comfort and Fit

As mentioned above, I thought this tape was a comfortable option for those looking into a cotton tape. A lot of athletes prefer a cotton tape, or a blend like RockTape because it irritates the skin a little less compared to synthetic versions. One of the biggest pluses about using RockTape is the amount of educational content they provide on their site. If you’re in question about application they provide ample tutorials to help you properly use their products.

I thought the tape’s application was pretty straight forward, and their educational content was a nice addition to helping out the possibly newer tape user. The standard role we reviewed came without pre-cut strips, so if you’re uncomfortable with biting or ripping with your hands, then I’d recommend having a scissors handy.

How to Apply RocktapeRockTape Application

I personally like when tape comes in a solid roll, because you can then select how much you need. Pre-cut rolls may not fit everyone’s joints, so cutting them leaves you with awkward remaining lengths. For our tests, I applied this tape on my shoulder during a push-up and pull-up to test how it lifted the skin and provided feedback to the joint.

The tape hugged my delt and arm very well and provided a nice, somewhat resisted feeling. I like how the tape pulled and lifted my muscle. One downfall was how the tape somewhat came off at the elbow and bicep crease. When I performed a push-up I noticed the tape coming off most, which could be an issue for those who need a more supportive tape over unstable joints.

Material

RockTape’s standard tape is made with 97% and 3% nylon. On their site they also write that the tape’s adhesive is hypoallergenic and latex/zinc free. This is a positive for those who may have sensitive skin and find that synthetic tapes cause irritation. Their adhesive has a wave-like feature, which is designed to hug and stick to skin better for support.

I found that RockTape’s standard tape was a nice balance between a light, yet supportive tape. I also like that their tape is made with sensitive skinned athletes in mind. On the other hand, the tape was definitely more noticeable than other cotton tapes I’ve tried, so that may be a turnoff for someone who wants an unnoticeable tape.

How to Apply RocktapeRockTape Kinesiology Tape

Durability

I was torn on RockTape’s durability over extended periods of time. The tape lost some of its adhesiveness on my joints, but everywhere else it hugged the body very well. Their adhesive is sticky enough to hold for prolonged periods of time, yet in some areas on the body it lacks. When compared to other cotton based tapes, I think RockTape does a much better job with durability, but still lacks in some areas.

Final Words

I found that RockTape’s standard tape was a good balance between a more supportive fit with a cotton base. This tape could be a good option for those who need support, and can’t use a firmer synthetic tape due to irritation.

RockTape’s website provides multiple tutorials on how to use their tape, which was also a plus to using their tape. Their downfall, in my experience, was the adhesiveness over joints. The adhesive somewhat lacked when crossing joints, and could be an issue for athletes needing more support.

All in all, I thought RockTape’s standard tape is a solid option for those in need of a somewhat firm cotton based tape.

Education & CPD

RockTape UK provides professional kinesiology taping, IASTM and Cupping courses throughout the UK on how to treat injury and improve movement.

Movement is key to all healing, regardless of whether you are working with an elite athlete or someone suffering from persistent pain.

Our courses present a modern, evidence-based, pragmatic way of thinking about how we move. Our education program is based on concepts that can be used with elegant simplicity to create lasting change to complex problems. Improving movement and reducing pain is at the heart of everything we teach.

Dan and Paul are EXCELLENT trainers … their knowledge is awesome .. Paul has high energy which infuses every workshop he does with positive enthusiasm … just loved it thanks. – FMT RockPods Attendee, December 2018

FMT Basics

CHECK OUT OUR FMT COURSE VIDEO HERE

This 1 day workshop is a perfect introduction to our taping theory and concepts, its suitable for both novice and experienced tapers. The course is aimed at Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Sports and Massage Therapists, and Personal Trainers. We aim to teach you lots of taping techniques and the concepts on which they are based to equip you with the skills and understanding to effectively apply ROCKTAPE to virtually any problem within the musculoskeletal system.

FMT Advanced

CHECK OUT OUR FMT COURSE VIDEO HERE

Designed for those who have completed FMT Basics or another introductory taping course, if you have taped before, are confident of the basics and are looking for some advanced taping skills this is the day for you. FMT Advanced will take your taping to the next level, you’ll refine and expand Symptom Reduction and Postural Control tapings learned on FMT Basics and introduce exciting new techniques such as ‘Tweak Taping’ to enhance and elongate the effects of manual therapy. And our unique movement screening and Power Taping™ applications.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation

WATCH THE IASTM COURSE VIDEO HERE

This one day course introduces the concept of movement therapy and performance enhancement via IASTM. The tools may be hard-edged, but the techniques don’t need to be aggressive to deliver superior patient outcomes. Find courses in your area by visiting our online education store page here.

FMT Movement Specialist

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There is no ‘one size fits all’ to human movement, rather there are many ‘human shapes’ that can accomplish the same movement goals.

More important than stereotypic standards and measurements to ‘ideal’ movements we can provide a more COMPLETE strategy to movement screening by looking at the complete person, their environment and their unique ‘parts’.

FMT RockPods

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Myofascial Cupping has been around since the early 19th century – only recently has the image of purple circles on professional athlete’s backs created attention to an ancient myofascial therapy. The cups and techniques have changed over time, but the basic premise of the cups providing suction to decompress the underlying tissue remains the same.

FMT RockPods explores the science of tissue gliding, traction and decompression with easy to use myofascial cups. RockPods are one of the latest additions to the RockTape tool arsenal to better equip each clinician and therapist to deliver superior patient and client outcomes.

FMT RockFloss

The term ‘flossing’ is commonly associated with the image of a thick rubber band wrapped around an athlete’s large muscles, however; ‘floss bands’ are an excellent tool for clinical care and a valuable tool for your patient’s and athlete’s self-care programs.

FMT RockFloss explores the science of compression band flossing and fascial shearing to help improve joint mobility, reduce pain, and enhance movement. RockFloss is the one of the latest additions to the RockTape tool arsenal to better equip each clinician, therapist or trainer to deliver superior patient and client outcomes.

Equine Movement and Taping

Designed to look at the benefits and techniques for both the rider and horse. This course looks at using RockTape to improve muscle function and maintain a level of functionality and comfort for the horse throughout the rehabilitation process.

Taping for Neuro

Written and delivered by two ACPIN members who specialise in the treatment of Neurological conditions in their daily practice. KTFN introduces the theory, concepts and practical application of kinesiology tape specifically focusing on the benefits to patients who present with a neurological deficit. KTFN is designed to suit the clinical needs of Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists treating patients with neurological conditions.

Lower Limb Taping

This 1 day workshop is a Lower limb specific version of our much acclaimed FMT Basics course and offers the perfect introduction to our taping theory and concepts. FMT:LL is designed to suit the clinical needs of Podiatrists, Lower Limb Physios and Therapists.

Stick Mobility

Stick Mobility is a revolutionary new training system benefitting everyone through a progressive approach to fitness, mobility, and muscle activation, regardless of age or level of performance. Our One Day Workshop is primarily focused on teaching Personal Trainers, Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists, Doctors, Strength & Conditioning Coaches, and Yoga teachers. Basically anyone whose job it is to improve people’s quality of life, overall fitness, and athleticism will benefit from taking this course.

Sports Massage, Personal Training, Nutrition,Weightloss, Advice

RockTape is a special kind of tape known as kinesiology tape. First used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by practitioners throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance.

While the use of kinesiology is often associated with athletes such as Serena Williams, Kerri Walsh and Lance Armstrong, the reality is that RockTape is effective for the treatment of a wide variety of problems, not just sports injuries.

What is Rocktape used for?

• Achilles tendonitis • Plantar fasciitis • Jumpers knee (PFS) • ACL/MCL issues • Rotator cuff • Groin and hamstring pulls • Lower back issues • Shin splints • Tennis and golf elbow • Pain associated with pregnancy • Postural correction

Improving Sports Performance

While we can’t turn a 5 hour marathoner into a 3 hour runner, we do have methods to help you break the 3 hour barrier if you’re already close. When applied properly, Rocktape can help athletes improve form and decrease fatigue through better blood flow. These are the two most critical aspects of increasing performance in almost any sport.

For more information about the use of RockTape for specific sports, including Triathlon, Running and CrossFit..

If you are a chiropractor, physical therapist, sports doctor, personal trainer or other professional interested in learning to apply Rocktape to support sport-specific fascial chains.

When we manufacture RockTape, we introduce a bias into the weave of the fabric so it stretches in one direction and not the other. This creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism that lifts the skin away from the soft tissue underneath, which allows more blood to move into an injured area to accelerate healing and recovery.

Rocktape is a natural-hybrid product and consists of 97% cotton, 3% nylon and uses no drugs. The adhesive is a hypo-allergenic acrylic based adhesive and contains no latex.

How to Apply Rocktape

STACK trains RockTape to find out if it lives up to its claims.

As an athlete, you know that hard training means sore muscles. To recover faster, athletes like Olympic Silver Medalist in the 400 Hurdles Lashinda Demus and Tour de France winner/Olympic Gold Medalist Bradley Wiggins use RockTape kinesiology tape, topical pain reliever and pH-balancing tablets during events and after workouts. Each RockTape product promises to boost power and help improve performance by decreasing fatigue. Do they live up to their claims?

Made from a cotton/nylon blend, the adhesive tape is designed to lift skin from the soft tissue underneath so blood can move into injured areas to accelerate recovery. Learn how to apply the tape for different types of injuries and sore muscles through videos on the ROCKTAPE website.

How to Apply Rocktape

As an athlete, you know that hard training means sore muscles. To recover faster, athletes like Olympic Silver Medalist in the 400 Hurdles Lashinda Demus and Tour de France winner/Olympic Gold Medalist Bradley Wiggins use RockTape kinesiology tape, topical pain reliever and pH-balancing tablets during events and after workouts. Each RockTape product promises to boost power and help improve performance by decreasing fatigue. Do they live up to their claims?

RockTape

Made from a cotton/nylon blend, the adhesive tape is designed to lift skin from the soft tissue underneath so blood can move into injured areas to accelerate recovery. Learn how to apply the tape for different types of injuries and sore muscles through videos on the ROCKTAPE website.

Although we can’t prove that RockTape lives up to its claim of being the strongest, stickiest kinesiology tape on the market, we’re happy to report that the tape held up strong during several sweaty workouts. It came in especially handy when an old tennis elbow injury flared up.

Rock Sauce

Rock Sauce is a warming lotion that’s marketed as the only topical pain reliever designed to work with kinesiology tape. The website claims Rock Sauce is perfect for isolated muscle pain and joint soreness, so we tried it on a bad case of shin splits. The immediate burning/tingling sensation raised some alarms at first, but after awhile, the lotion worked its magic. By the next day, the pain had subsided.

pHast Legs

Even the healthiest athlete can’t eat all high pH foods, since so many common items—like coffee, pasta and even some fruits—are acidic. High acid in the blood prevents nutrients from entering cell tissue, delaying recovery and causing muscles to burn. pHast Legs claims to increase the blood’s ability to naturally remove waste and speed recovery. (Read more on the research here). It’s been clinically tested and approved, so it’s safe for consumption. Over the course of a week, STACK tested pHast Legs, and our performance stayed consistent throughout the week.

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What does it do?

ROCKTAPE provides the athlete with additional endurance and promotes recovery.

How does it work?

When applied properly, ROCKTAPE lifts the skin away from the muscle, increasing circulation. Resulting in more oxygen available to the muscles and promoting lymphatic drainage, which assists in the removal of lactic acid.

Is it difficult to apply?

Not at all. If you can apply tape, you can apply ROCKTAPE. There are instructions in every box and more than a dozen instructional videos can be viewed here.

Will it work under compression shorts?

When worn under compression shorts, ROCKTAPE’s lifting mechanism is unavailable. But as soon as the shorts are removed, the tape can begin to lift and help promote recovery.

How long will it last?

ROCKTAPE can be worn 2-3 days. It is 100% organic cotton and can be worn while swimming or in the shower.

How much does it cost?

Each roll retails for: (a) Plain Colored Rocktape, Php750.00 per 5metres length by 5cm width, Php1,575.00 per 5metres by 10cm width (b) Rocktape with Designs, Php800.00 per 5metres length by 5cm width, Php1,650.00 per 5metres by 10cm width. A roll will last for about 10-20 applications, or about one to two months, depending on frequency and length of applications.

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I have taken other Kinesiology taping courses, can I skip FMT Level I and take a Level II?

No. Our FMT Level 1 course lays the foundation for understanding FMT’s approach to kinesiology taping and outlines many of the differences in taping applications vs other courses. There will be new things to learn and other taping applications to ‘unlearn’ before moving onto Level 2. For this reason, we require you to take the Level 1 course before moving onto the Level 2.

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RockTape Kinesiology Tape, 4″ Roll

Ever had a nagging injury that never seems to heal 100%? Something that’s bad enough to bother you for weeks or months, but doesn’t keep you out of the gym or send you to your doctor in writhing pain? Stretching and mobility work doesn’t seem to quite do it? Kinesiology tape exists for unwinding those long-lasting injuries, and RockTape is #1 in the market.

What is Kinesiology tape?

What are the Benefits of RockTape?

Basic athletic tape can only stabilize a joint or muscle or provide protection to sports wounds like band-aids. Kinesiology tape, like RockTape, directly treats injuries by creating a decompressive effect underneath the surface area it covers. RockTape microscopically lifts skin away from muscle and tissue below to allow for swelling and inflammation to be removed more quickly.

The decompressive effect provides multiple benefits. RockTape can reduce the amount of pain recognized from an injury, allow for inflamed, damaged tissue to drain more quickly, delay fatigue, and promote normal range of motion and movement as you recover. You can feel better, recover quicker, and maintain mobility while dealing with an injury.

Who Uses RockTape?

RockTape is designed to perform under the toughest competition conditions and for daily use. It is a staple in many CrossFit athlete’s gear and equipment line-up, used by bodybuilders, swimmers, and many other competitive athletes. Kids, adults, and seniors with minor or chronic pain have also found it beneficial. Medical professionals use the tape in rehab tool kits.

How Do I Apply RockTape?

Clean and dry skin

Cut tape to desired length

Fold tape in half and cut to round off ends (prevents catching on clothing)

Tear tape backing 2″ from end

Stretch area to be taped

Anchor the tape with no stretch

Apply tape to affected area

Rub thoroughly to activate adhesive

For location-specific taping – check out this guide.

At Edgewater Physio we are selling Rocktape at unbeatable prices. The tape is retailing online at 18-20 Euro a roll, we are selling it for 10 Euro a roll. This tape is ideal for sports teams and people suffering with certain types of pain such as whiplash, chronic lower back pain etc. I have included the distributors website at the bottom of the page, Which demonstrates how to apply Rocktape to specific injuries.

For further information regarding orders or enquiries please feel free to contact the clinic or send an email;

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Clinic Phone Number: 0579329111

So How does Rocktape work??

At Edgewater Physio – Rocktape is used in various different ways. It can help 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.

How to Apply Rocktape

Edgewater Physio – Rocktape Taping Methods:
1. Decompresses the 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 and 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.

2. Performance Enhancement – 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

RockTape main website – Includes taping demonstrations:
Rocktape Website – How to use

How to Apply Rocktape

ROCKTAPE is a revolutionary new type of therapeutic tape that is great for treating common sports injuries or enhancing performance.

ROCKTAPE is a natural-hybrid product and consists of 97% cotton, 3% nylon and uses no drugs. The adhesive is a hypo-allergenic acrylic based adhesive and contains no latex. ROCKTAPE is manufactured with a bias into the weave of the fabric so it stretches in one direction and not the other. This creates what is called a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism which lifts the skin away from the soft tissue. This allows blood to move into an injured area which accelerates healing and recovery.

ROCKTAPE is also great for correcting tracking issues in knees, shoulders or elbows. It can also be used to correct posture problems including those associated with pregnancy.

How to Apply Rocktape

ROCKTAPE can be used to treat:

• Achilles tendonitis
• Plantar fasciitis
• Jumpers knee (PFS)
• ACL/MCL issues
• Rotator cuff
• Groin and hamstring pulls
• Lower back issues
• Shin splints
• Tennis and golf elbow

ROCKTAPE helps enhance performance when applied to a specific muscle group by:

  • Promoting blood flow to the muscles
  • Promoting lymphatic drainage
  • Assisting in the removal of lactic acid
  • Reducing muscle vibration

Through these mechanisms ROCKTAPE is able to promote circulation and endurance, whilst enhancing recovery.
Simply apply ROCKTAPE on the areas of your body that need a little boost and you can go stronger, longer.

ROCKTAPE’s Active-Recovery (AR) series of tapes are designed to enhance performance and recovery. Unlike regular compression garments and tapes, ROCKTAPE’s AR series can be used both to apply compression to promote recovery, or decompression to relieve pain and swelling. Rocktape is engineered to meet the demands of endurance athletes like runners, swimmers and cyclists.

The ROCKTAPE AR series features:

– Stickier, hypoallergenic adhesive that won’t fall off during competition

– 180% stretch, the same elasticity as skin, to promote full range of motion

– 97% cotton, 3% Nylon 6/12, low moisture absorption

– Tighter weave, which enables muscle to more easily ‘snap back’ to neutral

– Variety of designs and colours (all colours have the same properties)

– 5 meters in length by 5cm in width in each roll, about 1 month supply depending on usage

If you’ve had treatment from one of our physiotherapists, chances are you’ve probably had strapping tape used on you at some point. There are three main types of strapping tape: rigid, kinesiology and dynamic. Today we will discuss Rocktape, Australia’s leading brand of kinesiology tape.

What Is Rocktape and How Does it Work?

How to Apply RocktapeKinesiology tape was originally developed by Dr Kenzo Kase in the 1970s. It is an elastic strapping tape that has the ability to stretch longitudinally (lengthways) but not transversely (horizontally). Rocktape was later developed in the USA by chiropractor Greg van den Dries, who wanted a stickier and stretchier product.

Applying an elastic tape on the skin creates a lifting effect, decompressing the subcutaneous layers beneath the tape. There are three proposed mechanisms by which Rocktape can influence the body:

Fluid effect – improved fluid flow by reducing compression of vascular (e.g. veins) and lymphatic vessels

Mechanical effect – decompression of soft tissue layers to allows better glide between tissue layers (e.g. muscle and fascia)

Neurological effect – decreased pain and improved body awareness.

How to Apply Rocktape

Figure 1: Compressive forces on fascia, neurovascular bundle and muscle.

How to Apply Rocktape

Figure 2: Rocktape applied to reduce compression on fascia, lymphatic vessels and neurovascular bundle and muscle.

The Advantages of Rocktape

Some of the reasons we use Rocktape over other types of tape include:

  • The elasticity in the tape allows for a full range of motion, so it is very comfortable and doesn’t limit your movement.
  • The tape can be worn for up to 5 days.
  • Loss of muscle strength is limited by allowing and encouraging pain-free movement to occur.
  • The tape encourages normal movement and therefore decreasing compensatory reactions.
  • It provides a sensory sensation to the skin to help improve body awareness

How Do You Apply Rocktape?

Rocktape is made of 91% cotton, 3% nylon and an acrylic adhesive similar to a BandAid. It is 100% latex free. We encourage you to check with your physiotherapist on whether Rocktape may be able to help you. We can identify the best Rocktape application for you and show you how to apply it yourself in future.

General Rules of Application:

  • Ensure skin is clean, dry and free of oils/moisturiser
  • Clip Very hairy areas
  • Round the edges of the tape
  • Don’t apply tension to the first or last 2.5 – 5 cm of tape
  • Don’t use much stretch in the tape- “less is more”
  • This tape sticks better to skin than to itself
  • Can cut tape into fans, X, Y or V shapes
  • Glue is heat activated so give it a good rub to make it stick
  • Apply at least one hour before activity, two hours before swimming

When applying Rocktape, precaution should be taken if you:

  • Are elderly with thin skin
  • Are a diabetic
  • Have any history of tape allergies

Rocktape should be not used if you have:

  • Open wounds or broken skin
  • Active infection
  • Cellulitis
  • Adhesive allergies

Click here to view a video showing these principles.

When removing Rocktape, it is important to remove the tape slowly and in the direction of the hair. Rocktape comes off easily when wet and you can also use oil to help break down the adhesive.

Examples of Rocktape Applications

Below are some examples of Rocktape applications.

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Regional applications (on joints and muscles) of Rocktape can help to improve range of motion, decrease pain and improve muscle activity.

How to Apply RocktapeInflammation and oedema applications can improve fluid flow, reduce pain and improve range of motion.

How to Apply RocktapeHow to Apply RocktapePostural taping applications can reduce pain, influence muscle activity and cue body position.

Find out More

You can find more information on Rocktape at www.rocktape.com.au. If you have any questions about the content in this post, don’t hesitate to contact us.

This post was written by Lucy Beumer. Lucy is a sports physiotherapist and clinical Pilates instructor at Stafford Physiotherapy Centre. She is also a presenter for Rocktape Australia and has presented courses in Queensland and Darwin for the last 4 and a half years. She was not paid for this blog post.

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Discovering Rocktape was one of my better finds in life. Even use it sometimes instead of bandaids. I find less people know of it than more so to demonstrate its profile I liken it to what footy players wear when appearing strapped up on the field. Don’t know if that’s what their stuff really is but it gets my point across. Its application from fallen arches to wrist support to rotator cuff injuries is phenominal. Neither is it expensive given its range of application. And love the choice of designs! Brilliant!

Canadian source for Rock Tape brand of kinesiology tape.

There are differing schools of thought on the methodology for applying RockTape kinesiology tape. Early and persistent reasoning suggested that origin-insertion, muscle innervation and muscle action taping best serves to support/stimulate external body areas. This “anatomical approach” probably makes the most intuitive sense to medical practitioners as it follows anatomical “rules of engagement.”

Dr. Steven Capobianco, chiropractor and developer of the Fascial Movement Taping (FMT) method, argues kinesiotaping should be “based on the obvious yet largely overlooked concept of muscles acting as a chain… the body’s integration of movement via multi-muscle contractions as a means of connecting the brain to the body’s uninterrupted fascial web in order to enhance rehab and athletic performance via cutaneous (skin) stimulation. By taping movement rather than muscles, FMT has demonstrated greater improvement in both patient care and sport performance.” (Performance Taping Chain – Rotational Movement Disfunction)

Dr. Capobianco is not alone in this line of thinking. Leading fascia researcher, Robert Schleip, PhD, underscores movement and its role in pain and dysfunction. New research in addressing movement impairment, rather than joint and muscle pain, has initiated a fast growing movement model.1

Additional support for this model comes from Thomas Myers in his groundbreaking book, Anatomy Trains.2 He offers a template to assess, treat and manage body-wide motor dysfunction based on myofascial meridans, and movement impairment.

Application models aside, how is kinesiology tape theorized to work and what is the support?

As with anything that touches our body’s biggest organ, kinesiology tape has a cutaneous mechanoreceptor effect that stimulates those receptors to enhance body kinesthesia, or movement awareness. By stimulating large skin mechanoreceptors, kinesiology tape can downgrade painful stimuli from the nociceptors to decrease pain perception.

Recent research indicates that kinesiology tape has a greater stimulatory effect on compromised tissue (due to injury and/or fatigue). Thedon, et al.3 conducted a study to evaluate body sway in individuals with and without tape. They found that the tape showed very little change in the uncompromised condition, but when the subjects were fatigued, the tape provided an added stimulatory effect to the skin helping to compensate for the loss of information fed to the brain from the muscles and joints. For the pain and performance community, this study provides insight into the ability of an “auxiliary” system, such as the skin, to augment treatment and training outcomes. Some of the “stickier and stretchier” kinesiology tape brands remain on the skin for up to five days thereby extending the stimulatory effect.

Visual evidence that “something” is happening occurs when kinesiology tape is used on bruising. The elastic pull on the epidermis/dermis layers creates an area of lower pressure to assist in fluid dynamics (acute/chronic edema4). The pre-tape and post-tape photos (please see below) are most compelling. Where the tape was applied directly to the skin, bruising dissipates more rapidly than areas without tape.

Kinesio Taping for Pain Management in Ontario CA

A 2012 study 5 of 32 surgeons, showed a statistically significant reduction in neck and low back pain (using Oswestry Low Back Disability Index and Neck Disability Index) and functional performance (using neck and low back range of motion scores) with the use of kinesiotape during surgery. This may have far-reaching implications for other jobs/activities where sustained positions result in musculoskeletal pain.

A final and anecdotally successful use for kinesiology tape, also developed by Dr. Capobianco, is “power taping” during later pregnancy. An example is the “baby belt” application, which attempts to offload the abdominal strain by redistributing the stress to the upper scapula-thoracic area. The tape follows a fascial sling Thomas Myers calls the “spiral and superficial front lines.” He and other fascial pioneers suggest that skin stimulation enhances fascial proprioception and as the fascia encompasses the entire body in a “neuromyofascial web” a broader improvement in body posture results.

Clearly the use of kinesiology tape is popular (millions of users) and the applications are broad (from athletic injuries to edema). Specific evidence for efficacy is scant but growing, and plausible.

There are currently no reported dangers associated with using this elastic cotton mesh bandage, and the only significant contraindication is on open wounds. Kinesiology tape breathes well and flexes like a second skin, unlike most braces that act more like abrasive exoskeletons. It withstands sweat and/or water and is by most comparisons a cost-effective treatment modality.

While science is unlikely to discover that kinesiology tape is the panacea for all aches and injuries, health-care practitioners should keep this tool in the chest due to its vast possibilities in treating patient complaints.

  • 2 inches wide by 7 feet long
  • Each box includes detailed instructions on how to use RockFloss
  • Detailed “How To” videos available online

Getting very good results on fascial release on patients with sport injuries of the extremities.

A great tool to loosen tight muscles and reduce tendinitis.

After 35 years of doing soft tissue mobilization it is such an incredible relief to use Rockfloss for just a few minutes and know the fascial glide that I achieved was worth 10-15 minutes of hands on. Truly a phenomenal time saver!

Being a therapist for over 16 years, I’ve seen and used a lot of products. ROCKFLOSS and muscle flossing is a game changer. I currently work with a number of powerlifters and making flossing a part of their massage protocol has made my life as a therapist so much easier. Flossing gastrocs can make changes all the way up the chain giving me more time to work on restrictions and limitations my clients are experiencing. I love Rock Floss!

I really like Rock Floss. It is a great adjunct to my treatment. I teach my patients how to use Rock Floss and send them home with some floss. My patients love it!

It is a great product. Love it for tight muscles, saves my hands during rehab and cuts down on treatment times before activity.

I’ve been using Rockfloss for a few months now. I have used similar products in the past and I really like the thickness and stickiness of the Rockfloss is superior to the other products. Keep up the great work

I use the 2 inch and 4 inch Rockfloss on a daily basis in my physical therapy clinic to help mobilize soft tissue and get my clients moving without pain and restrictions. The band is of good quality and has not seen any loss of tension or damage with frequent use on multiple clients. I would highly recommend Rockfloss for anyone looking to improve soft tissue dysfunction.

Just bought my second Band and love it. Finding more uses everyday. Starting to suggest it to patients especially my runners for warm ups.

Excellent tool to add to the arsenal in our athletic training room. Would be 5 stars if it’s a little longer. Winds up a short a few times when you try and floss a knee.

I was skeptical about the rockfloss but I gave it a try and realized how effective it is. My lower legs , especially my calves have been real tight from running and jump roping. I used the floss and put my foot and ankles through some range of motion movements and then stretched and rolled my calves and the next day they felt good as new and ready for a new day of training. Now is this product a silver bullet cure for any and all muscle related soreness or tightness? No, but it is one the many tools that is vital to help keep your muscles ready to go and healthy

I got this because a PT had used it on my ankle injury with great results. Already two client with similar injuries are delighted with how much more mobile and strong their ankles feel. I am thrilled with the fast results

Love rockfloss! It has really increased the mobility of my patients. Highly recommended !

I used the floss pre squats, on my ankle. My ankle had been achy all day & I was worried about squatting. After about 2-3 minutes of the rock floss my ankle felt much loser & less achy.

Ballerinas that I treat have found the rock floss to be a great addition to their daily routine for increasing ROM and decreasing fluid in the area. It’s easy to transport and the technique can be taught easily in a short amount of time.

Product is good and easy to use.

love anything rock tape . gonna take me some time to get used to wrapping it right but it works. great company and products

The quality and efficacy of rock floss is just what you would expect. The problem I have run into is that it should come in different lengths for different sized people. There is enough length to work for my knee, but a heavier patient might only see half their knee get covered before they run out of rubber. I would say that it should be around 50% longer and it would be perfect!

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How to Apply Rocktape

You have probably seen more and more athletes working out or performing while wearing athletic tape in various patterns all over their bodies. Known as kinesiology taping or kinesio taping it is unlike athletic taping of the past. Kinesiology taping first began as a way to promote healing from injury, but has since evolved to become a performance enhancing technique.

Greg van den Dries first became fascinated by this taping method when he was recovering from his own leg injury. Through research he learned the many uses of the tape. The tape itself, however, was hard to get ahold of unless you were certified through a manufacturer. Greg decided to remedy this situation by founding his own company, RockTape and innovating his own method of taping, PowerTaping.

How Can Tape Help?

You are probably asking yourself the same question most people ask – how can tape help your performance? According to RockTape, there are a few reasons.

Sensorimotor (proprioceptive) system – As explained in the PowerTaping manual, “It is a system of receptors (in this case cutaneous/skin receptors) that communicate with the brain about the body’s position. If we can tap into that system and heighten the aware of our body in space, we can enhance performance.” Essentially the tactile nature of the tape makes your body hyper aware of its own location and movements.

How to Apply RocktapeInflammation control – RockTape lifts skin away from the underlying fascia, which holds blood and lymph vessels and nerves. This extra space relieves fluid congestion, reduces inflammation and pain, and allows for increased blood flow and therefore accelerated healing. By keeping inflammation at bay, pain receptors are not activated and this also allows for enhancements in performance.

Kinetic chain – PowerTaping was developed based on the concept of muscles acting as parts in a chain. It uses the “all one fascia” concept explained by Thomas W. Myers in his book Anatomy Trains. Essentially what this means is you are taping the movement pattern, not an isolated body part. One beneficial aspect of this method of taping is the “snap back” phenomenon. This means the elastic recoil of the RockTape assists in bringing muscles back to their original position efficiently when a movement is completing. This results in an increase in performance.

PowerTaping has application for all levels of athletes, as it can be used in five main areas:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Edema Control
  • Postural Control
  • Pregnancy
  • Sports Performance

I highly recommend if you purchase RockTape to also purchase the PowerTaping manual as it goes into great detail on how to tape for all five purposes and even contains special sections on activities like taping for natural running. The website, www.rocktape.com, also has instructional videos available.

Rock Sauce

How to Apply RocktapeIn addition to RockTape there is also Rock Sauce. A topical pain reliever, Rock Sauce combines the cooling effects of menthol with the heating effect of methyl salicylate. It contains large percentages of both ingredients in comparison to other pain relievers on the market and you will definitely feel it when you apply it to your body. Rock Sauce claims to reduce inflammation and sooth sore muscles.

My Experience

Based on the advice given to me by RockTape founder Greg van den Dries, I used a combination of Rock Sauce and RockTape on my lower back before a workout. The workout involved clean and jerks, which can be taxing on the back. I also taped a chronic shoulder injury. It is helpful to have a second person to assist you with taping, as some body parts can be hard to position and tape correctly at the same time.

Once I began exercising, I found my lower back warmed up more quickly and was far less tight after the workout than is typical. I also experienced less post-workout achiness in my shoulder. During the workout I completely forgot I was wearing the tape, it melded so seamlessly to my body. It did not inhibit my movements in any way.

The Rock Sauce, as a topical painkiller, also worked well. It is very strong, so be mindful of administering it yourself if you are in a small, closed space (like a bathroom). It made my eyes water! Once it was on my back and shoulder, though, it felt fantastic and the smell faded quickly. I did not receive a single comment from anyone all evening in regards to the medicine smell, so it was a better experience than I have had in the past with topical painkillers. For best benefit, Greg recommended putting the Sauce on the site before taping, making sure to wipe it clean before applying the tape, and then dotting the tape with additional Sauce that will soak through.

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Unlike traditional athletic tape that binds and doesn’t stretch, ROCKTAPE is engineered to mimic the human skin. This stretchiness is the secret behind ROCKTAPE. ROCKTAPE stretches up to 190% of its original length but has amazing ‘snap-back’ or recovery. This is what gives ROCKTAPE its performance advantage over other tapes.

To achieve this, we introduce a special weave into the cotton when the tape is woven. This weave means the tape will stretch in only one direction and the tension of the weave is engineered to mimic the same elasticity as skin. Together, these properties create what we call a “Bio-Mechanical Lifting Mechanism”. This simply means that the tape can lift the skin away from the soft tissue underneath the skin. This lifting capability is what promotes blood flow and lymphatic drainage.

ROCKTAPE can also be used to stabilise muscles and joints that have been sprained or strained. Unlike braces and sleeves that constrain and reduce blood flow, ROCKTAPE can provide support and stability while increasing blood flow. Thus, the tape’s capabilities make it well suited to the repair of localised muscle groups.

More particularly, it runs impedance on torment. Ever whack your shin and rub it, and all of a sudden it feels better? RockTape on the skin can help with difficult signs which are coordinated to the cerebrum. Common applications include knees, shoulders, back, planter faciitis and tennis elbow.

How to Apply Rocktape

Research has demonstrated that RockTape on skin constricts muscle weariness. In recovery, this is critical, not just for the parts of your body that are throbbing, but additionally for encompassing areas of muscles that are not functioning properly.

How to Apply Rocktape

When a body part is hurting, exhausted, debilitated, or aroused, the ensemble of muscle movements that ordinarily occurs with awesome precision frequently drops off key. This can happen everywhere throughout the body. Case in point, research has demonstrated that individuals who sprain their lower leg have a tendency to have adjusted action of their hip muscle. RockTape breathes life into muscles and quiets down overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate development as though it wer never hurt, thus permitting it to recuperate legitimately.

How to Apply Rocktape

Not at all like ordinary taping, which forestalls development – RockTape permits full development of a taped zone. Through versatile properties and brisk backlash, RockTape can circulate strengths to other close-by zones through the belt, ligaments, and even bones.

At the point when the signs touching base to the mind are changed, it doesn’t create the vibe of aching. At the point when kinesiology tape is legitimately connected, large portions of our clients call it “enchantment” or believe that it has altered their injury in a flash. Truth be told, it changes how your body deciphers throbbing or constant pain levels, turning down the “volume” that your body listens to.

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Our office believes in helping each and every patient to help themselves. Chiropractic care does not only involve the treatment and management of back pain or neck pain, but also in helping those who are already healthy by maintaining their health and vitality.

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Dr. Erik Uuksulainen (OOK-soo-lay-nen) loves to help people function at their best. He was first introduced to chiropractic following a high school sports injury that was not improving with conventional methods of treatment.

Dr. Erik completed, with honors, his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics and then earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at New York Chiropractic College. He also earned a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from the same institution shortly thereafter.

Dr. Erik gained invaluable clinical and diagnostic experience while beginning his chiropractic career working in Manhattan’s Upper West Side facing Central Park. While there, his abilities helped him transform and improve hundreds of lives. His work has impacted and produced positive results for scores of celebrities, musicians, singers, dancers, actors, directors, Broadway performers, executives and athletes.

Currently, Dr. Erik has given up his lengthy city commute in order to focus his attention on his local community of Poughkeepsie, where he lives with his wife and SPCA-adopted dog, Rosie.

How to Apply Rocktape

RockTape is the world’s best kinesiology tape. It can be used to treat sports and non-sports injuries, including shin splints, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee and back pain. RockTape microscopically lifts the skin away from the muscle and fascia below, creating a decompressive effect. Stretchier, stickier and stronger than the competition, RockTape is engineered to meet the demands of endurance athletes like runners, swimmers and cyclists. Unlike other products, RockTape can be used both to apply compression to promote recovery, or decompression to relieve pain and swelling.

RockTape helps:

  • Enhance performance
  • Prevent fatigue
  • Promote circulation
  • Remove lactic acid

How It Works

Turns 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 pain*ful 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.

Decompresses 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 the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.

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.

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.

Distributes physical stress

Unlike conventional taping, which prevents movement – RockTape allows full movement of a taped area. Through elastic properties and quick recoil, RockTape can help distribute forces to other nearby areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones.

If you want an edge on your upcoming competition or performance, sports chiropractor Dr. Mark Zuber can RockTape you to go stronger, longer.

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ROCKTAPE’s Active-Recovery (AR) series of tapes are designed to enhance performance and recovery. Unlike regular compression garments and tapes, ROCKTAPE’s AR series can be used both to apply compression to promote recovery, or decompression to relieve pain and swelling. Rocktape is engineered to meet the demands of endurance athletes like runners, swimmers and cyclists.

The ROCKTAPE AR series features:

– Stickier, hypoallergenic adhesive that won’t fall off during competition

– 180% stretch, the same elasticity as skin, to promote full range of motion

– 97% cotton, 3% Nylon 6/12, low moisture absorption

– Tighter weave, which enables muscle to more easily ‘snap back’ to neutral

– Variety of designs and colours (all colours have the same properties)

– 5 meters in length by 5cm in width in each roll, about 1 month supply depending on usage

Rocktape taping enhances performance by allowing you to move in areas of the body that you are experiencing muscular pain. Rocktape offers functional support so that you are not restricted in any way.

Unlike rigid tape which many people find too stiff and restrictive, Rocktape is stretchy and is quickly becoming the preferred tape used by practitioners and athletes.

Allow Myotherapy Plus in Doncaster, not far from Bulleen, Lower Templestowe and Doncaster East, to apply Rocktape Taping for your exercise and rehab requirements.

Key benefits of using Rocktape:

  1. Assists to decrease pain
  2. Assists to reduce swelling
  3. Allows full range of movement
  4. Hypoallergenic – no zinc oxide or latex
  5. Water resistant – can be worn for up to 5 days

How does it work? When applied correctly, Rocktape’s unique elasticity causes the skin to form convolutions and wrinkle. This decompresses the tissue immediately below the skin. It is believed that this has three main effects:

  1. Fluid effect – improving blood and lymphatic flow in the taped area
  2. Mechanical effect – improving the slide and glide between tissue layers
  3. Neurological effect – altering the perception of pain and improving body awareness

Key symptoms that Rocktape might assist:

  1. Muscle pain or cramping
  2. Joint pain
  3. Poor posture
  4. Inflammation or bruising

Rocktape is used to assist in facilitating injury recovery and prevention. It is a tool that assists Your Healing Therapy to enhance function in patients. Proposed mechanisms include:

  1. Improving kinesthetic awareness
  2. Improving postural control
  3. Modulating muscle activation via increased afferent input
  4. Altering pain perception through alternate afferent input
  5. Providing a positional stimulus to correct aberrant movement patterns

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You may have seen RockTape on amateur or pro athletes as well as on those undergoing physical therapy. It is made to stretch and “breathe” allowing full movement of the taped area and is unlike the old athletic tape you may remember. I was introduced to kinesiotape by a physical therapist and used it for over 6 years to mitigate the pain of chronic Achilles tendinosis.

How can it help me?

RockTape movement tape has multiple benefits for athletes & non-athletes, for posture & pregnancy.

RockTape mitigates pain by interfering with the pain signals sent to the brain – thus turning down the pain “volume” that your body hears.

Recovery is optimized. Application of RockTape decompresses an area of swelling and inflammation allowing faster removal of inflammatory by-products and improves circulation as the area between the skin, fascia, and muscles is “decompressed” providing more space for fluids to move in and out faster.

RockTape delays muscle fatigue. This is key for Athletic Performance and for Rehab for not only the target areas but also for the surrounding areas as compensation occurs with muscles that are currently not working well. ​

RockTape normalizes muscle tone. When injured, fatigued or sick, normal function is affected. Compensation occurs starting a chain reaction of dysfunction – other body parts start to do the work of the affected area. RockTape helps to activate dormant muscles and to calm down overactive muscles to restore functional balance.​

  • ​Helps to correct faulty posture by providing feedback when one moves out of alignment. Tape is applied while in a neutral posture so when one moves out of position, feedback is immediate.
  • Pregnancy and those undergoing post-surgical Rehab. Special taping techniques have been created for pregnancy challenges such as low back or sacroiliac pain, swollen ankles, sciatica, rib and postural support and more. Other special populations include dogs and horses.

How does it work?

Ultrasound studies demonstr ate a lifting effect on the skin resulting in decreased pressure on nerve endings and pain receptors which then alter pain signals to the brain.

This same lifting effect provides a partial decompression of the lymphatic vessels thought to fascilitate (pun intended) reduction of swelling.

The same lifting effect appears to improve circulation as the area between the skin, fascia, and muscles is “decompressed”, providing more space to move, if you will. This may enhance recovery by allowing more blood and oxygen into the affected area(s ).

Kinesiotape also provides an added awareness of good posture by providing feedback to self- correct faulty posture and dysfunctional movement patterns.

You can shower with it on – simply blot dry gently. I have many active clients who have used one RockTape application for as long as 10-14 days.

Who can use it ?

RockTape can be used by almost any age from young children to the elderly to help with most musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction. There is special tape for those with sensitive/thin skin and also tape for dogs and horses.

RockTape is simple to apply and contains no latex but if one has high sensitivity, use of a text patch is recommended.

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Simply click below to make an appointment to try RockTape. I can tape 1 or more sites quickly and easily and I can also teach you how to apply it yourself as well as how best to remove it.

In the previous “how does it work” blog, we focussed on the way that RockTape can help to reduce pain. In this edition, we are going to focus on the use of Rocktape for reducing swelling and for recovery.

To recap, RockTape is a type of kinesiology tape. It is very stretchy and as such is designed to move with the person, not restrict movement like traditional rigid tape does. Being very stretchy, RockTape recoils along its length and in doing so, creates a lifting effect on the skin. The lifting effect is thought to promote better recovery, with potential for improved superficial fluid movement- opening up the vessels close to the skin surface to allow better flow. For this reason, RockTape is often used to assist recovery from injury or heavy exercise sessions. Typically, with this purpose in mind, the preferred application technique for recovery is the fan cut or “jellyfish” technique, where narrow strips are cut along the length of the tape.

The dramatic effect on bruising can be seen with a quick “Google Images” search using the search words “rocktape bruising”. Go on, do it now, the rest of this can wait….. Pretty remarkable isn’t it! Clearing bruising this way doesn’t necessarily “heal” the tissue any more quickly, but it can definitely help reduce the pain by reducing the fluid pressure in the area. The fan cut, whilst primarily used for swelling/bruising, will also have the pain relieving effects that we discussed in the previous blog.

There is also some recent research showing that applying kinesiology tape can reduce “DOMS”- delayed onset muscle soreness. Remember this next time you fill in for your friend’s basketball team if you haven’t played for 3 years, or that next week-long swell when your arms are like lead by the end of the week! The “jellyfish” application again seems to be the most effective way of applying tape for this purpose. The effect has now been shown over a number of studies, including studies looking at blood markers as a sign of recovery. It is likely that the opening up of the superficial fluid vessels is the mechanism by which recovery is enhanced. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Remember that RockTape is hypoallergenic, containing no latex or zinc oxide which are the two main substances that irritate people using some wound dressings or rigid tape. This makes it suitable for most skin types and people of all ages. RockTape can also be worn for 3-5 days as the lightweight fabric can “breathe” and therefore moisture is not trapped under the tape.

How to use Rocktape coupon?

People can find numerous options online to consider and shop at Rocktape, using online coupon codes and discounts. These coupons allow people to make the right choices and save big every time.

Below is the Easy 3 Step process to get your savings now! Apply your code and check whether your discount was reflected and continue your checkout. If you have any questions about using your coupons online, please contact Rocktape.com Customer Service.

  1. Add the Item to your shopping cart. Confirm that you are buying what you want, and that it fulfills any requirements to qualify for the Rocktape promotion code you want to use.
  2. Go through the rocktape.com checkout process. At each page, scan the page for a coupon code or promotion code option. Copy and paste the Rocktape coupon code in the box next to the product and click “Apply” or “Submit”.
  3. Scan your shopping cart to confirm that the coupon code was properly entered and is reflected in your total price. The Rocktape coupon discount will adjust your order total. Some sellers also offer Thank. If not, navigate back through the checkout process and try again.

Why isn’t Rocktape promo code working?

If your Rocktape promo code won’t apply or you get an error message, check whether the following applies to you:

  1. You’ve already used the code. Rocktape promo codes can only be used once, so if you’ve ever used the code in the past then it won’t work again.
  2. The items aren’t eligible. Check the terms and conditions of the code, and make sure the items in your shopping cart aren’t excluded items. Some common exclusions are sale/clearance products.
  3. The code has been entered incorrectly. Whoops! The codes are case sensitive so enter it exactly as it is written and try again.
  4. The code has expired. Check the expiry date of the code, as some of them run for a limited time or expire after a set period.

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Rocktape, the industry leader in Kinesiology tape, has redefined performance with their unique Fascial Movement Taping – Power Taping system. When applied, Rocktape can immediately reduce pain, improve / correct movement and alter fluid dynamics reducing edema post injury getting the athlete back on the field safely and effectively. Through effective application, we can improve performance and treat a variety of conditions including jumper’s knee, plantar fasciitis and complex shoulder pain. Rocktape is about taping movement not muscle !

What is Rocktape?

RockTape is a special kind of tape known as kinesiology tape. First used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by practitioners throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance.

While the use of kinesiology is often associated with athletes such as Serena Williams, Kerri Walsh and Lance Armstrong, the reality is that RockTape is effective for the treatment of a wide variety of problems, not just sports injuries.

How to Apply Rocktape

What is Rocktape used for ?

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Jumpers knee (PFS)
  • ACL/MCL issues
  • Rotator cuff
  • Groin and hamstring pulls
  • Lower back issues
  • Shin splints
  • Tennis and golf elbow
  • Pain associated with pregnancy
  • Postural correction

We have instructional videos that will show you how to tape for many different issues. Please note that if your issues are severe or do not improve within a day of using RockTape, you should seek help from a medical professional.

Improving Sports Performance

While we can’t turn a 5 hour marathoner into a 3 hour runner, we do have methods to help you break the 3 hour barrier if you’re already close. When applied properly, Rocktape can help athletes improve form and decrease fatigue through better blood flow. These are the two most critical aspects of increasing performance in almost any sport

For more information about the use of RockTape for specific sports, visit Rocktape’s dedicated Triathlon, Runningand CrossFit pages.

Taping Movement, Not Muscles

If you are a chiropractor, physical therapist, sports doctor, personal trainer or other professional interested in learning to apply Rocktape to support sport-specific fascial chains, please visit our Fascial Movement Taping section.

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How does Rocktape work?

When we manufacture RockTape, we introduce a bias into the weave of the fabric so it stretches in one direction and not the other. This creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism that lifts the skin away from the soft tissue underneath, which allows more blood to move into an injured area to accelerate healing and recovery.

What is Rocktape made of?

Rocktape is a natural-hybrid product and consists of 97% cotton, 3% nylon and uses no drugs. The adhesive is a hypo-allergenic acrylic based adhesive and contains no latex.

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What is Rock Tape?

RockTape is an elasticized kinesiology tape made from 97% cotton and 3% nylon. The adhesive is hypo-allergenic, acrylic-based and contains no latex.

First used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by healthcare practitioners throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance.

Where/How is RockTape used?

RockTape is applied to any region of the body that has sustained injured or along myofascial planes to improve performance.

Who can benefit from RockTape?

Anyone who has a musculoskeletal injury or who is looking to improve performance can benefit from RockTape.

How does it work?

RockTape applied to the skin can interfere with pain signals which are directed to the brain. The change of these pain signals to the brain decreases the pain levels.

How to Apply Rocktape

RockTape also decompresses areas 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 the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.

RockTape also decreases the fatigability of muscles. Research has shown that RockTape on skin can attenuate muscle fatigue.

It normalizes muscle tone. When someone is injured, fatigued, or inflamed, the symphony or motor pattern 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 can help activate dormant muscle and can help relax overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.

How do I get RockTape?

As a trained RockTape clinician, I can determine if taping is appropriate for a specific issue and can apply RockTape to achieve the optimal outcomes. It can also be administered to improve athletic performance for any athletic endeavor. RockTape is typically left on for 3-5 days. Normal bathing and swimming is not an issue and will not change the effectiveness of RockTape.

Prices

1 region: $20
2 regions: $30

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Achilles tendinitis is a painful condition athletes often experience in which the Achilles tendon, located at the back of the ankle above the heel, becomes inflamed from overuse. This condition can be vastly improved by correctly taping the back of the calf, ankle, and heel area with RockTape kinesiology tape. Such therapeutic taping can bring relief from the pain of Achilles tendinitis, while protecting this critical tendon from further injury and aiding healing.

Taping Achilles tendinitis with RockTape kinesiology tape is a three-step process:

Step One: Stretch the Area
Step Two: Stabilize
Step Three: Decompress

Follow these instructions to correctly apply RockTape using a rehab-based protocol for the relief of Achilles tendinitis:

Step One: Stretch the Area

• With patient lying on his/her stomach, flex the leg up and back, bringing the heel toward the body and bending the leg at the knee.

• Stretch the Achilles tendon by having the patient dorsiflex the foot: bend the foot toward the leg, bringing the toes closer to the shin and decreasing the angle between the dorsum (the superior, or upper, surface of the foot) and the leg.

• Apply appropriate tension, based on patient’s tolerance.

Step Two: Stabilize

• Measure a section of RockTape that will cover the distance from the heel to the mid-calf area, starting at the base of the heel and moving around the heel and up the back of the leg to the mid-calf.

• Cut the tape, making sure to round the edges to prevent pulling from socks or bed sheets.

• Remove backing from the base, and lay the base of the tape at the calcaneus (heel bone), rubbing the tape gently to aid adhesion.

• Remove backing from remainder of tape length, and apply the tape, stretching it around the heel, up the Achilles tendon, and along the calf, tracking up the “gastroc” (gastrocnemius, or calf muscle).

• Fold and press the RockTape down around the edges of the Achilles tendon, being careful to avoid creasing the tape – particularly on the bottom of the foot, where they can potentially cause blisters.

• Rub the tape vigorously to create heat and activate the glue and cause it to adhere better.

Step Three: Decompress

• Measure and cut a three- to four-inch length of RockTape, again making sure to round the corners to prevent pulling.

• Apply the section of RockTape crosswise, across the back of the ankle, directly over or slightly above the medial lateral malleolus muscle. (For location of this muscle, see the video linked to at the end of the post.) In determining exactly where to apply the tape, ask the patient where s/he feels the Achilles tendinitis pain.

• Since a decompression strip requires 50% pull, stretch the tape during application, applying while the calf is in a stretched position, pulling the cut section of RockTape across the area, and adding a little more tension, if needed, using your arm, as you stretch the tape across the back of the ankle, pulling the backing off as you go.

• As always, rub the tape to ensure good adhesion.

For a demonstration of the above RockTape kinesiology taping technique, watch the following video: How to Tape Achilles Tendinitis with RockTape Kinesiology Tape.

As grassroots football clubs all over Australia are about to kick into pre-season preparation for 2017, here are a few tips from RockTape for those who don’t have the luxury of dedicated trainers, volunteers or staff.

RockTape is is latex free and is considered to be hypoallergenic as the adhesive is an acrylic adhesive containing no zinc oxide. Because of these two properties, RockTape is generally considered to be very good for skin of all ages.

Very occasionally, some skin sensitivity can occur, but this is much more likely to be “operator error” than a true reaction to the tape itself. We have listed some steps below to ensure that you get the most out of your RockTape application, and also reduce the risk of any skin issues.

1. Round the corners: this means cutting the corners off your RockTape before applying. The reason we do this is that the corners are much more likely to catch on clothing, towels, sheets etc and cause the edge of the tape to lift. Once this lifts, the rest of the tape can peel off very quickly. We want your tape to last 3-5 days, so this is important!

2. No tension on the first or last inch of tape: each end of the tape needs at least an inch (2.5cm for those who only know metric!) of unstretched “anchor”. This anchor means the tape is going to stay stuck better, but most importantly, it reduces the risk of skin traction injuries that can occur right at the very end of the tape. If you have a very small patch of irritation on the skin where the tape started or finished, this is most likely the cause. **This is really important in areas is a lot of skin movement, like aroudn the shoulder.

How to Apply Rocktape

3. Stretch the body part, not the tape: RockTape is stretchy stuff! For the newbies to taping, it is really tempting to pull a lot of the stretch out of the tape as you apply it. But the ideal scenario for most applications is to stretch the body part that you are taping and only apply a very small amount of stretch to the tape. Once again, this is really important when taping around shoulders.

4. Get it on early: RockTape lasts 3-5 days, so you really don’t need to be applying it at the last minute before exercise. The adhesive in the tape is heat activated, so you ideally want to have the tape on an hour before exercise, or even two hours before water based exercise. Why not get it on the night before and sleep in it? That is the best way to ensure it is well stuck for your morning exercise. If you are regularly using RockTape in the water, consider using RockTape H2O, our specialist tape with extra stick for use in water. People who perspire a lot could also go with H2O as their tape of choice, as well as those who live and work out in hot/humid conditions.

How to Apply Rocktape

5. Get it off gently: Rocktape sticks well, but it does come off quite easily if you are careful. Please don’t use the “band-aid” technique of “grip and rip”. When using any type of adhesive tape on skin, most skin irritation occurs when the skin is subject to traction force with an aggressive removal technique. RockTape comes off more easily when it is wet, and we recommend peeling the tape back on itself slowly, in the direction of hair growth (to avoid a waxing effect guys- the girls usually know this!), and if possible, whilst supporting the skin behind the tape as it is gently eased away. If you, or your skin, is particularly sensitive, then apply some oil over the tape before removing it and the oil will break down the adhesive and make the removal much easier.

6. Try a test patch: If you have a history of skin irritation with tape, then we suggest you try a test patch. To do this, apply a small piece of tape without any stretch to an area of skin near to where you wish to apply the tape. For upper limb applications, the inside of the forearm is a good spot, and for lower limb applications, try the inside of the thigh. If you leave this in place for up to 24 hours (remove if any symptoms prior to this) and you don’t have any reaction, then it should be safe to apply RockTape. Please still err on the side of caution by using very little stretch on your tape applications.