RockTape is a specific type of tape that falls under the category of Kinesiology Tape. Kinesiology tape has been used for nearly over 30 years, beginning in Japan under Dr. Kenso Kase. This form of taping has been taking over the rehabilitative and sports medicine world and got their first major exposure in the 2008 summer Olympics with volleyball players Keri Walsh and Missy May Treanor. The brand of Kinesiology Tape Enhanced Movements uses is called RockTape.
RockTape is used primarily for three main purposes: decrease pain, increase lymphatic flow to help heal tissue, and provided neuromuscular stimulation to help reinforce proper movement patterns. The tape holds specific elastic properties that allow the tape to move, bend, and stretch as the individual moves. This gives the tape a distinct advantage compared to other athletic tapes.
Being able to give the patient support, while not restricting their range of motion, enables the individual to still participate in exercise or physical activity with functional assistance. RockTape also stimulates the neurological system, via the receptors in the skin, which can help mitigate, pain as well as facilitate correcting faulty movement patterns. This stimulation of the nervous system directly affects the hundreds of muscles in our body that also play a strong role in controlling functions of the circulatory system, as discussed above with lymphatic flow.
Since the introduction of Kinesiology Tape and RockTape, various medical practitioners including PTs, ATCs, OTs, DCs, and MDs have recognized and incorporated this safe and highly effective modality in their treatment methods. This methods of treatment allows the individual to receive benefits for of to 24-72 hours after the therapies provided by the practitioner.