What is RockTape?
Rocktape is a special kind of Kinesiology tape that is used to help treat injuries and to improve sport performance. It is a natural-hybrid product and consists of 97% cotton, 3% nylon which gives it its elastic component. The adhesive part is a hypo-allergenic acrylic based adhesive and contains no latex. With its unique stretch and superior adhesive, Rocktape creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism which delays fatigue, stabilizes joints, prevents ring and hand burn and promotes proper form. This bio-mechanical lifting mechanism also 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 not only used for sport injuries, but can be used for daily postural corrections of the shoulders, spine, knee, alignment, etc. Rocktape is water resistant and can stay comfortably on your body for up to 5 days. Dr. Lars Seitzinger uses this technique to maximize the efficacy of his treatments.
RockTape 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 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, decompressing an area of swelling and inflammation. When RockTape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers. This allows the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.
It delays fatigue.
Research has shown that RockTape on skin can attenuate muscle fatigue. In rehab, this is very important, not only for the parts of your body that are currently hurting, but also for the surrounding areas as they help to pick up the slack for muscles that are currently not working well.
It normalizes muscle tone.
When someone is injured, fatigued, sick, or inflamed, the symphony of muscle action that normally takes place with great accuracy often falls out of tune. This can happen all over the body. For instance, research has shown that people who sprain their ankle tend to have altered activity of their hip muscle as a result. RockTape helps bring dormant muscle back to life and help calm down the overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.
It 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.