RockTape is a premium brand of kinesiology tape. First used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by a wide variety of health professionals throughout the world to treat injuries and pain.
How Does ROCKTAPE Work?
RockTape can be used in a variety of ways to achieve different benefits:
When RockTape is applied with little or no stretch on the tape but lots of stretch on the tissue it causes the skin to form convolutions and wrinkle. This creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism that decompresses the tissue just under the skin. It is believed that this decompression and having tape on our skin creates 3 main effects:
â€¢ Fluid Effect: By causing decompression the tape promotes a more normal fluid dynamic in the taped area. Swelling is better able to flow out of the area, taking with it toxins which result from inflammation and injury. Also blood has less resistance to enter the area bringing with it more oxygen and nutrients vital for healing and recovery. This fluid effect is probably behind the dramatic improvement in swollen and bruised tissue that is often seen when Rocktape is applied.
â€¢ Mechanical Effect: As pressure on the vertical layer cake of tissue between skin and bone is reduced more normal slide and glide mechanics between the layers of tissue is restored. It is likely that this is the mechanism that can make someone who can only bend as far as their knees touch their toes in an instant!
â€¢ Neurological Effect: A lot of pain generated by movement or muscle contraction is generated by nerve endings in the space between the skin and muscle. As tape decompresses this space there is less pressure on these nerve endings so is reduced or stopped completely at its source. Having elastic tape stuck to your skin is also believed to stimulate receptors within the skin called Mechanoreceptors. These receptors play a part in our movement awareness, or what therapists call Proprioception. Many therapists believe that one of the main effects of applying RockTape is to improve our Proprioception, which can both decrease pain and improve the way we move.
When RockTape is applied with more stretch it can be used to support areas where tissue has been strained, torn, weakened or lengthened. By adding more elastic recoil to the taped area, functional stability and tissue â€˜snapbackâ€™ are enhanced.
Our love of running, cycling and swimming has contributed to a variety of minor sports injuries, and some of those injuries required physical therapy and the use of tape. We started doing more research on the tape’s effects and that’s when we discovered that the tape can be used to ENHANCE PERFORMANCE. We found that taping in advance of exercise promotes increased blood flow to the muscles, thereby reducing fatigue.
Generally, before RockTape, no one wanted to sell tape unless you were “certified” in their specific taping methods. It was their way of making the tape more exclusive and expensive. We decided there had to be a better way to get this great product into the hands of those who needed it, so we located a source, modified the formula and formed RockTape.
We hope you love RockTape as much as we do, but if you don’t, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee. So what do you have to lose? Try RockTape today, and see how it can enhance your sports performance!
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What does it do?
The exact mechanisms and pathways through which kinesiology tape works remains uncertain and a matter of debate. See our ‘What is ROCKTAPE’ section on the left for more details. ROCKTAPE is commonly used by athletes and health professionals to help with a wide variety of musculo-skeletal and sporting injuries and to achieve the following:
• Reduce swelling, pain and tightness and stiffness.
• Delay onset of muscle fatigue and cramp
How does it work?
When applied properly, ROCKTAPE lifts the skin away from the muscle, which promotes positive changes in the bodies fluid, mechanical and neurological systems. Commonly people wearing Rocktape report less pain, swelling and tightness, greater awareness of the area and later onset of fatigue.
Is it difficult to apply?
Not at all. If you can apply tape, you can apply ROCKTAPE. There are instructions in every box and more than a dozen HD instructional videos can be viewed here. Depending on which bit of your body needs tape you may need someone else to help you.
How long will it last?
ROCKTAPE can be worn up to 7 days. It is 97% cotton and can be worn while swimming or in the shower. (See our USERGUIDE for more info on looking after your tape)
How much does it cost?
Each roll retails for Â£13.50. A roll will last for about 10-20 applications, or about one to two months, depending on frequency and length of applications.
Why We're Better
Unlike other kinesiology tapes made for rehabilitation, RockTape was created in the heat of competition. We knew first hand that medical tape would fail under race conditions so we developed a lab in the Santa Cruz mountains where we could test our product until it meet our standards. RockTape may cost a little more, but when itâ€™s all on the line, itâ€™s nice to know youâ€™ve got the best product in the business. RockTape is kinesiology tape evolved and enhanced, we did this to meet the demanded of athletes but the net effect is simply the best kinesiology tape around. So whether RockTape is being used on international athletes, kids or arthritic octogenarians they all notice and benefit from the improvements we have made.
Stretching is good. Our research shows that by making our tape with 180% elasticity, we allow the athlete fuller and better range of motion. Our competitors only offer 130-150% stretch. Can you feel the difference? To us, itâ€™s like night and day. When we wear our competitors tape we feel like weâ€™ve been bound â€“ we donâ€™t believe thatâ€™s what anyone wants to feel when youâ€™re walking much less running.
There are always options in life and compromises can be made. When we designed our tape, we wanted superior snap-back which is the ability of the tape to stretch without too much resistance, yet provide assistance to muscles when they return to neutral. To get the right stretch and recovery dynamics and the proper moisture defence we were faced with using a special nylon called 6/12 which is more expensive. Could we have used a cheaper nylon? Sure, but life is short and making the best possible product for you is what weâ€™re all about. We chose not to compromise our standards because neither do you.
One size does not fit all. Imagine if we all tried to wear the same shirt. Some of our competitors seem to think weâ€™re all the same size so they only make one width of tape and conveniently pre-cut their tape to inconvenient lengths expecting us to adjust to their marketing. We think thereâ€™s a big difference between a 7ft tall rugby player and a 55kg ballet dancer. A difference in size perhaps, but identical in attitude and spirit. We think itâ€™s our job to fit you in size and spirit rather than the other way.
â€¢ Medical Director RockTape UK
â€¢ BSc Hons Physiotherapy 2001.
â€¢ MSc Manual Therapy 2007.
â€¢ Experienced Specialist Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapist.
â€¢ Certified Mulligan Practitioner
â€¢ Lecturer and Medical Development Director for RockTape UK
â€¢ Working in Private practice throughout Cornwall
â€¢ Average surfer, runner of no great talent
â€¢ RockTape education director
â€¢ South West Seminars founder
â€¢ Kinesiology-Taping-DVD Producer
â€¢ Chartered Physiotherapist & Lecturer
â€¢ University of Plymouth
â€¢ Truro College sports department
â€¢ Football Association Disability Football Cornwall
1. Client supplies art work in vector form to RockTape for layout. The design shall be mutually agreed to. Colours are limited to 3: base colour of tape, 2 colours in logo. (i.e. black tape with red and white logo).
2. After design approval, client shall supply a 50% non-refundable deposit before the order is released to the factory for production.
3. Production time ranges but is typically 4-5 weeks.Allow 4-6 weeks for sea shipment depending on country. Custom clearance varies depending on country.
4. Balance due prior to final shipment.
Pricing & Quantities:
1. Minimum order quantity is 2500 meters which is equivalent to 500 standard rolls.
2. Contact us for pricing.
3. Brass printing plate charge of Â£300 is waived on first order.
4. Prices are FOB local ROCKTAPE office.
ThatÊ¼s all there is too it! For further information, contact your local ROCKTAPE office for additional details or to place your order. Terms and conditions of sale are also posted on our web site.
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