“I am injured but I am working on it.” I’m sure you’ve said these words to yourself especially if you’re an athlete.

Whether it’s because it’s ski season, you like to lift, or you like to run, I thought this would be a perfect time to do a Rock Tape review.

What is Rock Tape?

Rock Tape is kinesiology tape  used to to alleviate a wide variety of ailments and sports injuries. It is made from 97% cotton and 3% nylon. The adhesive is a hypo-allergenic, acrylic-based and contains no latex.

What is KT Tape?

Kinesiology (KT) taping is a revolution! We all have seen athletes wearing some fancy colored sports tapes. Those tapes are improve injury healing and sports performance. They were first used in Japan, by chiropractors and acupuncturists, but today their use is spread worldwide, and not only among athletes. Kinesiology tapes have shown beneficial for treating common aches and pains and some neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

How Does Rock Tape Work?

Decrease The Pain

Actually, decrease the perception of pain and helps to change how the body interprets pain. When the Rock Tape is applied to the skin, it interferes with painful signals which are directed to the brain. When the signals are altered, the sensation of pain is not produced. 

Decreases Swelling and Inflammation

Rock Tape has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers, which allows the inflammation products to be removed more quickly.

Delays Muscle Fatigue

Research has shown that Rock Tape can attenuate muscle fatigue. In muscle rehab, this is very important, not only for the parts of the 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.

Normalize Muscle Tone

When some muscle is injured, fatigued or inflamed, the muscle action that normally takes falls out of balance. This can happen all over the body. For instance, in cases with ankle sprain the activity of hip muscles is altered. Rock Tape helps body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.

Allows Full Movements

Unlike conventional taping, which prevents movement – Rock Tape provides effective support to muscles, without having to minimize or reduce their range of movement. and also help distribute forces equally to the surrounding areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones.

Why Is Rock Tape The Best?

It’s Really Elastic

Rock Tape stretches up to 190% of its original length. This allows support for different injuries and needs.

You Can Use It For Different Conditions

While it is mostly used for treating injuries, it can also help with a number of other conditions. The tape can increase endurance and reduce fatigue, as well as increasing blood flow, which leads to improved inflammation.

It’s Soft and Easy To Wear

The tape has a velvety soft feel and is almost enjoyable to wear. Rock Tape was like the difference between wearing a well-worn running shoe and a brand new running shoe.

Different Shapes and Sizes

Rock Tape is available in different shapes and sizes, depending on the muscles or areas you need it for. For the majority of muscles, there is the standard tape. The wider tape is used mainly for the legs, back and larger muscle groups. And for taping fingers, wrists and feet, you can choose the smaller tape.

It’s Really Sticky

The tape can last up to 7 days. If you sweat, if you get wet, if you rub up against stuff, it doesn’t matter. Rock Tape is very resilient.

Easily Applied

Applying of the tapes is relatively simple, unless you have to apply it on the shoulders or the back, than you will need assistance from another person.

 Cool Colors

Rock Tape comes in a wide range of cool designs and colours which allows you to be stylish.

Can Be Used Anywhere On The Body

This may be one of the best characteristics of Rock Tape. Coming in different sizes and shapes make the tapes suitable for every part of the body.

Rock Tape Benefits

  • allows you to be comfortable and pain free, while performing at your maximum without any restriction of the range of motion
  • promote recovery
  • reduce discomfort following intense training, including muscle stiffness and cramps

Is There Science Behind Taping?

Basically, what happens is the tape is placed on the top of your skin and then it kind of pulls your skin away from your muscle a little bit. So, blood flow can go in between that space, and so inflammation can get out of that space, and so it promotes healing. I’m here to tell you that it actually works.

There you have it. If you have an injury or if you are an injury-prone athlete, you are going to want to be taped at some point. Get properly Rock Taped by a sports chiropractor would be my advice. Just google chiropractor near me and prepare to be amazed. 

I hope this has been informative. I would like for you guys to go out and buy some tape. Simply pick your supportive wear whether you need a little KT Tape or a lot of Rock Tape. If you live or work near the SF Telegraph Hill – North Beach – Financial District and feel you would be a good candidate for our taping protocol, we would love to meet you. To schedule an appointment with our San Francisco Chiropractor, please call 415–421–1115 or book an appointment online.

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