Kinesiology tape is a thin, stretch, elastic cotton and/or nylon strip with an acrylic adhesive. Therapeutic kinesiology tape can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries.
Kinesiology tape is used for treating athletic injuries and a variety of physical disorders. For the first decade after its introduction in the late 1970’s, practitioners in Japan were the main users of the therapeutic kinesiology tape. By 1988 the tape had been adopted by Japanese Olympic and professional athletes before spreading across the world.
If you are involved in sporting events or enjoy watching sporting events, especially the Olympic Games, you would have noticed that athletes of all different types of events are using kinesiology tape to improve their performance, prevent or support weaken or injured areas. Taping will help athletes heal quicker, and allow them to return to competition quicker.
RockTape was developed in 2012, because of failure of regular kinesiology tape under heavy use in competitive events.
How is RockTape different?
- Superior materials: It does cost more than regular kinesiology tape, but it stays on, much longer than other tapes, usually 3 to 5 days. I’ve had many patients wear RockTape a week or more. It is hypoallergenic, containing no latex or zinc. ( It is recommended to not wear the tape longer than 5 days!).
- The developers of RockTape wanted a superior “snap-back”, which is the ability of the tape to stretch without too much resistance, yet assist the muscles when they return back to neutral. They choose a special nylon called 6/12, which provided the right stretch and recovery dynamics. RockTape is 97% cotton, and 3% nylon.
- RockTape stretches with 180% elasticity, which gives the athlete better range of motion, without feeling bound-up. Other tapes only stretch 130-150%.
- Different sizes of tape, 1 inch, 2 inch and 4 inch rolls. Competitors only make one width of tape, 2 inch, and some can be ordered in pre-cut sizes (which can be inconvenient and wasteful), and some with precut corners. There is a big difference between a 6’8” 300 lb. football player and a 90 lb. swimmer. Bigger size, bigger taping needs, etc.!
One of the main things about RockTape that impressed me was seeing a diagram of the different levels of skin (derma, fat, superficial retinacula cutis fibers, superficial fascial membrane, deep retinacula fibers, deep fascial membrane, and muscle tissue) where they had done an ultrasound image of untaped skin, and then doing another ultrasound image of taped skin. RockTape did indeed lift the skin and fascial membranes. The design of the tape creates “snap-back” lifting the skin and fascial membranes, allowing for increased circulation of blood, lymphatic vessels drainage, freeing nerve transmissions, and allowing faster healing and recovery from injuries, reducing inflammation, increasing hydration in the area of injury.