What does it do?
Rocktape is a type of kinesiology tape. It’s that colourful elastic tape that we sometimes put on your skin. Wondering why we use it or how it works? Here’s how:
1 – It turns down the volume on pain.
More specifically, it runs interference on pain. Similarly to how two equal and opposite radio frequencies cancel each other out to make no sound, 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. Rocktape does so by affecting the nerve endings and different types of receptors in the skin of the injured area.
2 – It 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 for greater blood flow to and from and area, all while allowing the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.
It does so by allowing congested or compressed blood vessels (capillaries, lymph vessels, arteries, veins) to flow more freely. It also creates more room in between layers of fascia, muscle, fat, skin, and other structures.
3 – It delays fatigue.
Research has shown that kinesiology tape (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 areas that are currently not working very well.
4 – 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. What Rocktape can do is help to 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.
5 – It spreads the physical stress.
Unlike conventional taping which is meant to prevent any movement at all, Rocktape is meant to allow full movement of the taped area. However, through the elastic properties and quick recoil, it can help to distribute forces to other nearby areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones.
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