Rock Tape (Kinesiology Tape) Can a piece of tape really change how we move or feel pain?
Absolutely, but maybe not in the way we traditionally think of tape. We do not use it to mechanically strap a body part together or prevent it from moving. Instead, we use Kinesiology tape as “Neurological Stabilization” that guides the way our body moves and perceives motion. It also decreases pain much the same way rubbing your shin does after you bang it on the coffee table late at night. These two effects allow us to move our bodies in the correct pattern rather than compensate around pain or anticipation of pain. It also allows for a mechanical lifting effect that decreases swelling and bruising significantly faster and better.
Want more proof? Look at the Olympics, professional sports or ask someone that has had it done. Or, just ask us. We will be happy to show or tell you the difference. We use Rock Tape as our Kinesiology Tape because it sticks better, stretches more, and the Philosophy is the best.
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 painful 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 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.
- Reduce pressure on painful areas – , RockTape can be applied to relieve the tension often associated with weakened or inflamed muscles and tendons. It can help by reducing the pain caused by the overload and be helpful for engaging actively in rehab.
- Improve your ability to move – depending how the tape is applied it is thought to activate stretch receptors in the soft tissue which feedback to our higher brain centers. This positively influences the control of muscle tension by activating muscle spindles. This in turn improves our ability to flex and respond to the stresses and strains of increased activity, and improves our muscular endurance.
- Promote blood flow and lymphatic drainage –when applied to the skin with stretch the tape naturally wants to recoil. As a result, it lifts the skin and fascia to allow blood and lymph flow to increase which may be beneficial in the recovery of soft tissue injuries.