Taping for an injury or for increased support has come a long way since the days of sitting on the trainer’s table and having the area wrapped like a new-age mummy, the times have changed and there are various types of tape on the market, one of the most popular being Kinesio Tape. The tape is expanding worldwide, being introduced in almost every sport, and there are many manufactures making their own version, some of the most trusted names being Kinesio Tape and Rock Tape.
Being one of sports medicine’s latest and greatest methods for therapeutic applications, the tape helps support joints, increase range of motion, reduce muscle fatigue, and drastically reduces inflammation.
What separates Kinesio tape/Rock Tape from the normal-white athletic tape is the addition of nylon-elastic fibers that are interwoven within the cotton fibers of the tape, which allows the tape to expand and contract, and perform its functions.
We recently treated a patient that encountered significant bruising on his thigh as a result of a bicycle injury, and we used Rock Tape to help with the bruising and inflammation.
The way the tape works is that it lifts the skin from underlying structures (muscle, fascia, or nerve endings) which allows for increased blood/fluid flow, this allows the affected area to be replenished with fresh blood and nutrients our body naturally needs to recover. Proper application of the tape is crucial for maximum effectiveness; tape-tension, placement, and body positioning increases its effectiveness as well.
Over the span of just a couple weeks the body yields significant improvements, visually and physically. During this time, light stretching and exercise is encouraged. Above is a before and after image of our patient we spoke of before, notice the lines and the reduced redness.
If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of Rock Tape, call and make an appointment today, and see how we can help you!