First used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by practitioners throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance. While the use of kinesiology tape is often associated with elite athletes, medical professionals have been using it to alleviate a wide variety of ailments, not just sports injuries. When applied correctly, RockTape’s unique elasticity causes the skin to form convolutions and wrinkle. This decompresses the tissue immediately below the skin. It is believed that this has three main effects:
Fluid effect- improving blood and lymphatic flow in the taped area
Mechanical effect- improving the slide and glide between tissue layers
Neurological effect- altering the perception of pain and improving body awareness.
Key symptoms RockTape can assist with include: muscle pain or cramping – e.g. lower back or calf muscles, joint pain – e.g. shoulder or knee, poor posture, and inflammation or bruising.