BREAKING NEWS: RockTape UK Movement Summit to be held at Therapy Expo 2017!

BREAKING NEWS: RockTape UK Movement Summit to be held at Therapy Expo 2017!

RockTape UK are proud to launch our inaugural UK Movement Summit at Therapy Expo 2017 (www.therapyexpo.co.uk).  Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC on the 22nd & 23rd November, the RockTape Movement Summit and Therapy Expo will be unmissable for therapy professionals, with two days of the latest insight, education, demonstrations, networking and training. Leading the line-up of speakers are our very own medical director Paul Coker and Education Director Daniel Lawrence. Promising to be an event to remember, the RockTape summit programme includes dedicated demonstrations and hands on training in vital clinical skills including; kinesiology taping, IASTM techniques, movement screening, manual therapy and therapeutic movement and exercise prescription. Taking place over two days, and hosted in the Therapy Expo Demo Zone, delegates will be able to drop in and out of sessions to suit their session schedule. Book your £79 +VAT RockTape early bird ticket by the 31st March before the price increases to £99 +VAT using discount code ROCK79 – and be in with a chance to win a place on a RockTape course of your choice. Paul Coker, Medical Director, RockTape UK said: “Therapy Expo is an incredible opportunity to showcase our treatment concepts and education to therapy professionals. We share a commitment with Therapy Expo to support therapy professionals, RockTape exists to spread new knowledge and best practice, and improve patient outcomes. Therapy Expo is the perfect fit to showcase and share our continued work, knowledge and insight.” By registering for Therapy Expo 2017 you will gain access to the RockTape Movement Summit and all its content, plus the full Therapy Expo conference programme and exhibition floor, benefiting from: Over...
Back Pain – our main employer!

Back Pain – our main employer!

When I started as a student Physiotherapist 13 years ago it felt as if the management of back pain was having a big overhaul with the doom-monger ‘you will be in a wheel chair’ therapists being swept away by the self management and exercise scientific clean up crew. Now I feel the profession and our allied colleagues (Chiro, Osteo, Sports Therapy) have got a much better handle on things. We have not cured the world of back pain because we never will. Back pain has plagued humanity throughout history with the earliest records dating back to ancient Egypt. I think this specific patient was treated to some traction and something involving a dog, I was never any good at translating hieroglyphics though! I will be speaking at the Back Pain Show in Birmingham in May.  www.thebackpainshow.co.uk  In preparation for my talk and demonstration I have been revising what we do and the evidence for it. There are now plenty of taping for back pain studies to read through. One recent OPEN ACCESS article (here) compared the treatment outcome for two groups of mechanical back pain sufferers (15 in each group) with both groups performing McKenzie exercises and only one group receiving Kinesiology tape applied to their lower back. The results show a considerable reduction in disability for the taped group in comparison to the non-taped group, according to Oswestry low back disability Questionnaire. The lumbar spine application is simple, check out the pics at the top of the...
How Rocktape Changed My Life – Graeme Watson

How Rocktape Changed My Life – Graeme Watson

I joined the Army in August 1992 as a member of the Royal Engineers. I played football from the minute I joined, representing my Regiment and was also lucky enough to also represent the Corps of Royal Engineers, until everything went rapidly and abruptly downhill in 2003. I had just been promoted to Sergeant and was serving in Hameln, Germany.  My Regiment had reached the Army Cup Final, the pinnacle of football within the Army. An innocuous challenge in a training session, whilst preparing for this Cup Final, brought my world to an abrupt halt! A slight pain led me to casualty, where it transpired I had fractured my right Patellar.  Not good. I was placed in a plaster cast from ankle to thigh for 6 weeks and left to stew at my misfortune.  Gutted. Once the cast was removed it was identified that the break had been more technical than first identified.  Although the fracture had healed, my kneecap was dislocating and then popping back in as I walked, leading to intense pain. It was decide to carry out a ‘Lateral Release’ operation in a German Hospital – an operation not carried out within the UK medical system.  This procedure involved the cutting of a ligament on one side of the knee to hopefully make it the same strength as the other side, thus allowing the knee to operate and track correctly. This didn’t work out as planned so I was sent back to the UK to have another operation – a ‘Patellar Decompression’.  This time they opened up the knee and cut a slight ‘v’ into the...
Two Disabled Veterans, 518 Miles. All For Charity

Two Disabled Veterans, 518 Miles. All For Charity

On the 13th May, two disabled veterans from the British Army, set off from Edinburgh Castle heading to Exeter. All in aid of Help for Heroes and Veterans With Dogs. Both veterans have been helped by these two charities during their ongoing recovery pathway. However, this is no ordinary challenge. Both veterans will be doing the challenge on recumbent bikes. Laura will be using an ICE Trike which uses foot power, and Patrick on his Top End Force 3 hand bike. That’s right, 518 miles by arm power, because doing it by leg power isn’t hard enough. They will be using these bikes as their disabilities restrict them from using a normal bicycle. Patrick Medhurst-Feeney and Laura Ellis were both Medically Discharged from the Army after they picked injuries and illness while in service. Both suffer with physical and mental health conditions, that hugely effect their daily lives. After receiving help from both charities, they had the idea of giving something back to two charities that have helped them so much. Safe to say they went for a big challenge. Training is in full swing, with Laura working hard in Bathgate, Scotland, and Patrick’s tackling Dartmoor from his home in Plymouth. Building up the miles so that they’re ready to tackle the challenge that sits in front of them. Continuously reminding themselves that it’s all for charity. However, this challenge brings something else to the pair. It’s giving them an aim and a sense of achievement. Since leaving the Army, both have struggled with finding those things, so having this challenge is a big boost for the pair of...
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