Rocktape - Endurance Tape Black
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.
- Running: planters knee and shin support
- Cycling: thigh and calf support
- Swimming: shoulder issues
- Soccer: Achilles tendon
- Golf: elbow and lower back
- Tennis: elbow, rotator cuff
Great for basketball, volleyball, baseball, lacrosse, football and other sports.
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 Rocktape can't turn a 5 hour marathoner into a 3 hour runner, they 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.
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 their Fascial Movement Taping section.
How does Rocktape work?
When they manufacture RockTape, they 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.
RockTape Frequently Asked Questions
What does it do?
The exact mechanisms and pathways through which kinesiology tape works remains uncertain and a matter of debate. Rocktape is commonly used by athletes and health professionals to help with a wide variety of musculo-skeletal and sporting injuries and to achieve the following:
- Reduce swelling, pain and tightness and stiffness.
- Delay onset of muscle fatigue and cramp
How does it work?
When applied properly, ROCKTAPE lifts the skin away from the muscle, which promotes positive changes in the bodies fluid, mechanical and neurological systems. Commonly people wearing Rocktape report less pain, swelling and tightness, greater awareness of the area and later onset of fatigue.
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 here. Depending on which bit of your body needs tape you may need someone else to help you.
How long will it last?
ROCKTAPE can be worn up to 7 days. It is 100% organic cotton and can be worn while swimming or in the shower. (See the userguide for more info on looking after your tape).
RockTape can be used in a variety of ways to achieve different benefits:
When RockTape is applied with little or no stretch on the tape but lots of stretch on the tissue it causes the skin to form convulsions and wrinkle. This creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism that decompresses the tissue just under the skin. It is believed that this decompression and having tape on the skin creates 3 main effects:
- Fluid Effect: By causing decompression the tape promotes a more normal fluid dynamic in the taped area. Swelling is better able to flow out of the area, taking with it toxins which result from inflammation and injury. Also blood has less resistance to enter the area bringing with it more oxygen and nutrients vital for healing and recovery. This fluid effect is probably behind the dramatic improvement in swollen and bruised tissue that is often seen when Rocktape is applied.
- Mechanical Effect: As pressure on the vertical layer cake of tissue between skin and bone is reduced more normal slide and glide mechanics between the layers of tissue is restored. It is likely that this is the mechanism that can make someone who can only bend as far as their knees touch their toes in an instant!
- Neurological Effect: A lot of pain generated by movement or muscle contraction is generated by nerve endings in the space between the skin and muscle. As tape decompresses this space there is less pressure on these nerve endings so is reduced or stopped completely at its source. Having elastic tape stuck to your skin is also believed to stimulate receptors within the skin called Mechanoreceptors. These receptors play a part in their movement awareness, or what therapists call Proprioception. Many therapists believe that one of the main effects of applying ROCKTAPE is to improve their Proprioception, which can both decrease pain and improve the way they move.
When Rocktape is applied with more stretch it can be used to support areas where tissue has been strained, torn, weakened or lengthened. By adding more elastic recoil to the taped area, functional stability and tissue ‘snapback' are enhanced.
Why Rocktape Is Better
Unlike other kinesiology tapes made for rehabilitation, Rocktape was created in the heat of competition. Rocktape knew first hand that medical tape would fail under race conditions so they developed a lab in the Santa Cruz mountains where they could test their product until it meet their standards. Rocktape may cost a little more, but when it's all on the line, it's nice to know you've got the best product in the business. Rocktape is kinesiology tape evolved and enhanced, they did this to meet the demanded of athletes but the net effect is simply the best kinesiology tape around. So whether Rocktape is being used on international athletes, kids or arthritic octogenarians they all notice and benefit from the improvements they have made.
Stretching is good. Our research shows that by making their tape with 180% elasticity, they allow the athlete fuller and better range of motion. Rocktape's competitors only offer 130-150% stretch. Can you feel the difference? To us, it's like night and day. When they wear their competitors tape they feel like they've been bound – they don't believe that's what anyone wants to feel when you're walking much less running.
There are always options in life and compromises can be made. When they designed their tape, they wanted superior snap-back which is the ability of the tape to stretch without too much resistance, yet provide assistance to muscles when they return to neutral. To get the right stretch and recovery dynamics and the proper moisture defence they were faced with using a special nylon called 6/12 which is more expensive. Could they have used a cheaper nylon? Sure, but life is short and making the best possible product for you is what they're all about. Rocktape chose not to compromise their standards because neither do you.
One size does not fit all. Imagine if they all tried to wear the same shirt. Some of their competitors seem to think they're all the same size so they only make one width of tape and conveniently pre-cut their tape to inconvenient lengths expecting them to adjust to their marketing. Rocktape think there's a big difference between a 7ft tall rugby player and a 55kg ballet dancer. A difference in size perhaps, but identical in attitude and spirit. Rocktape think it's their job to fit you in size and spirit rather than the other way.
Fascial Movement Taping (FMT)
FASCIAL MOVEMENT TAPING – TAPING MOVEMENTS, NOT MUSCLES
Nothing in the universe is static. Everything moves. Everything is dynamic. The human body is no exception. Movement is key to all healing regardless if your patient is pregnant or suffering from a car crash.
It's time for change. A revolutionary change. FMT lays out the argument of why Rocktape has been doing it wrong for 100 years. It presents new ways of thinking about acute and chronic care. It integrates the best treatments with kinesiology taping to deliver the best possible patient outcomes.
Fascial Movement Taping (FMT) is a new way of thinking about our bodies. Based on the obvious yet largely overlooked concept of muscles acting as a chain, FMT's revolutionary technique utilizes "longitudinal anatomy," also known as the "movement patterns" concept. Quite simply, FMT focuses on 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.