RockTape for Pregnancy

RockTape for Pregnancy

The 9 months of pregnancy come along with all sorts of difficult changes to the body. Not only are there many hormonal and emotional changes, but there are enormous physical changes. Pregnancy is tough. RockTape is tougher. RockTape has created many different taping standards and protocols with the goal of easing the pain and stress on the pregnant body. Swollen feet? RockTape can help. How about a sore and fatigued back from all the extra weight? RockTape can help. Sciatica? Plantar Fasciitis? Rib Pain? RockTape can help. Physical Support Options for Pregnancy: RockTape I was “lucky” to be pregnant through the summer months. I hit the second trimester as the temps were escalating in our lovely beach town and began to feel the stretching and pulling of my belly as those temperatures kept going up, up, and up! I was not interested in one more layer of clothing and needed something while I was upright rather than all the lovely pillows that are available to support your belly as you sleep. Enter RockTape. As a chiropractor, I found out about this from a fellow doctor who posted pics on Facebook showing how it was helping one of his patients a couple years prior. He was actually using it on a bruise on an athlete, a gentleman who did strongman feats. The results I saw prompted me to look into this specific company. I had heard of kinesiotape before, as well as sports taping during a semester of athletic training in high school. This product, in my opinion, goes above and beyond! https://www.instagram.com/p/BJg0NYCh6VL/ First of all, let me explain these...
RockTape Tips & Tricks

RockTape Tips & Tricks

Rocktape is considered to be hypoallergenic as the adhesive is an acrylic adhesive and contains no zinc oxide.  Rocktape is also latex free.  Because of these two properties, Rocktape is generally considered to be very good for skin of all ages.  Very occasionally, some skin sensitivity can occur, but this is much more likely to be “operator error” than a true reaction to the tape itself.  We have listed some steps below to ensure that you get the most out of your Rocktape application, and also reduce the risk of any skin issues. 1. Round the corners: this means cutting the corners off your Rocktape before applying. The reason we do this is that the corners are much more likely to catch on clothing, towels, sheets etc and cause the edge of the tape to lift. Once this lifts, the rest of the tape can peel off very quickly. We want your tape to last 3-5 days, so this is important! 2. No tension on the first or last inch of tape: each end of the tape needs at least an inch (2.5cm for those who only know metric!) of UNSTRETCHED “anchor”. This anchor means the tape is going to stay stuck better, but most importantly, it reduces the risk of skin traction injuries that can occur right at the very end of the tape.  If you have a very small patch of irritation on the skin where the tape started or finished, this is most likely the cause.  THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN AREAS WHERE THERE IS A LOT OF SKIN MOVEMENT, LIKE AROUND THE SHOULDER 3. Stretch...
RockBlades: Redefining IASTM

RockBlades: Redefining IASTM

I always get a little pumped to get a play with a new bit of kit and an oppourtunity to teach a new course.  Two years of development has culminated in Rocktape’s version of IASTM (instrument assisted soft-tissue mobilization) tool appropriately called RockBlades.  A lot of people think of Rocktape as a taping company. We like to think of ourselves as a “Movement company that dabbles in tape.”  As with the tape, Rockblades are another tool to help our medical professionals help our patients decrease pain, move better, and ultimately perform better. RockBlades consist of 2 tools. One, attractive surgical-grade stainless steel tool affectionately called the “Mallet” and a smaller thermoplastic tool the “Mullet”.  The Mallet is designed for in clinic use and the Mullet is for pitch side or out of clinic use.  Both tools have a variety of edges for use with multiple body-parts and techniques.  Rockblades come in an attractive case including a tub of RockRub emollient and RockWipes to clean the tools and the bodypart prior to taping. I had the honour of teaching the first RockBlade course in the UK with Rocktape’s Medical Director Paul Coker at the British School of Osteopathy in London.  The course was attended by a variety of manual therapists including, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, sport therapists, and sport massage therapists.  There were quite a few familiar faces that have been on previous Rocktape UK’s courses.  As with all of our courses we present concepts rather than recipes.  We feel once a therapist understands a concept you can apply the concept to a wide range of conditions. We spend a lot...
#RockToRio with Lauren Billys, Equestrian Eventer

#RockToRio with Lauren Billys, Equestrian Eventer

Do you remember the first time you rode a horse?   It was a day I relived for years.  I was visiting my mom’s friend, Pam Hubbard, and she let me ride on of her daughter’s horses.  I had been practicing for weeks on a horse made of chairs and blankets in my living room.   What kind of horses do you ride in your sport? Who is your favorite four-legged riding companion/why?   I ride mostly warmblood horses which are bred with the stamina to gallop long distances, the athleticism to jump large fences and the movement to be competitive in dressage.  The types of horses I ride typically are the trip-athlete of horses. I have been blessed to ride so many wonderful horses, but at the moment, Castle Larchfield Purdy is my top horse and he is truly a gift to have at the barn.  He is an integral part of my dream and has help it become a reality.  I am his biggest fan! How/when did your career begin?   I have ridden since I was eight years old, and attended my first recognized event when I was 13 years old.  I spend many years on at the lower levels and competed in my first international competition at the age of 21. What is “eventing”?   Three-day eventing is the triathlon of equestrian.  It is comprised of three disciplines of riding which stems from the test that the calvary would take to prepare for battle.  The first is dressage where we memorize a test, wear a top hat and tails, and are judged on our the...
Testimonial from Amanda Ross – individual competitor at the 3 Day Event at the Sydney 2000 Olympics

Testimonial from Amanda Ross – individual competitor at the 3 Day Event at the Sydney 2000 Olympics

“For me, every little opportunity counts.  It’s about always being an unrestricted participant, never missing a chance, finding new ways to do something better, and living life to the fullest.  RockTape isn’t going to make me taller, lose 5kg’s, or turn me into an Olympic triathlete… However, using RockTape has given me back my upper body strength by helping rehab my tennis elbows, corrected my posture on a horse so I ride more effectively, and allows me to help my horses by correcting their gait when I can’t explain it to them in English!  RockTape is easy, non-invasive, and proven… It’s all about the things that help me stay in the...
#Rock2Rio with 2016 Paralympic Cyclist Samantha Bosco

#Rock2Rio with 2016 Paralympic Cyclist Samantha Bosco

Tell us about yourself. I’m a Paralympic cyclist. I raced mountain bikes when I was younger, before having a limb-lengthening surgery go awry and left me with muscle atrophy, bone-on-bone at the ankle, low ankle flexion, low bone density, knee pain, hip pain, foot pain, scarring, and my legs are still off about an inch or so in length. Tell us about your first experience riding a bike. I was six when I first got on a bike, riding to and from school with my dad. Rides turned into longer rides along the Coastal Trail in Alaska, discovering Kincaid Park, purchasing my first mountain bike, joining the Arctic Bicycle Club, and dreaming of becoming a professional mountain bike racer as I zipped through the trails of Kincaid Park on Tuesday nights at the age of nine. How did you qualify for the Paralympic Games? I qualified for the Paralympic Games at the Paralympic Trials, July 2nd, with a time trial. My time put me on the ranking list high enough to punch my ticket to Rio. What has been your toughest obstacle in your Road to Rio? In May of 2015, I got hit by a car. A man ran a red light and I didn’t see him coming because a car blocked my peripheral view. Thankfully though, the car that blocked my view also caused the driver that ran the red light to step on the brakes and hit me at a decreased speed. Unfortunately for me though, I ended up with a concussion, sprained sternoclavicular joint, shoulder pain and twisted vertebrae in my neck. As a result,...
An Open Letter to RockTape, From Charlie’s Mum

An Open Letter to RockTape, From Charlie’s Mum

“This is my son Charlie, he has a complex congenital heart defect (CHD) and has been in hospital for much of his life. One of the things that has always upset me as his mum was ugly medical tape all over his face. Not only does it look bad, but it smells and he’s now allergic to most of it as it has broken down his skin. And then we discovered RockTape – and we use it for everything. Charlie wears RockTape on a daily basis and it doesn’t cause him any irritation. RockTape has provided us a huge amount of relief, Charlie’s face has healed, and the tape colours always make his medical situation much happier. Charlie’s condition involves major comp   lications with his lung arteries; he will likely never be able to use RockTape for its actual purpose – even though he now has good life expectancy, he’s probably never going to be an athlete. Regardless we remain your biggest fans.” Mel – Charlie’s...
RockDoc, STA member and co-owner of RMA Exercise Rehabilitation Jake Brougham has provided a report on his attendance at our latest RockBlades IASTM course.

RockDoc, STA member and co-owner of RMA Exercise Rehabilitation Jake Brougham has provided a report on his attendance at our latest RockBlades IASTM course.

RMA is a sports therapy provider to global events. Services we provide to competitors include RockTaping, Sports Massage, Exercise Rehab and now IASTM. The aim of RMA has always been to maximise performance and reduce injury so when my business partner and I heard about the RockTape IASTM course we knew that we needed to take a look and book. As members of the Sports Therapy Association, team RMA were alerted to the IASTM Seminar by an established relationship between the STA & Rocktape. We were intrigued about the IASTM concept and were keen to learn more! So what made the Rocktape IASTM course different to other Seminar/ Course providers? COST At £300 the price may seem dear however the tools are included in this price, and also being a member of the STA you are eligible for 20% discount on all RockTape courses! EQUIPMENT The IASTM tools are immaculately presented in a very smart box. You receive a high quality stainless steel tool made for clinical use, along with a lightweight tool designed to be portable; perfect for work at events or at the training ground! Compared to other tools on the market these really are strong contenders based on the quality of the design. They are ergonomic and allow us therapist to treat in many awkward anatomical areas. COURSE INSTRUCTION The course was delivered by some outstanding clinicians in Paul (Physio) & Rob (Chiro). Both clearly demonstrating seasoned experienced in their fields and this gave immediate credibility to the audience. WHAT DID WE LEARN In reflection, we came up with a few things that we think helped...
RockTape® Sponsors the 2016 Reebok CrossFit® Games

RockTape® Sponsors the 2016 Reebok CrossFit® Games

CrossFitters around the world have been competing all year long, vying for a chance to make it to the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games taking place July 19-24, 2016, at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. RockTape, a leader in sports medicine products and education, is proud to announce its seventh year of support of the annual CrossFit Games, which will be commemorating its 10th year of competition in July. This year, 323,000 athletes from 175 countries signed up to participate in the CrossFit Games Open––a five week competition and the qualifying round for the CrossFit Games Regionals, where the top men, women and teams from seventeen regions competed at seven regional events in the U.S., Europe and Australia for a chance at the finals. Now 40 men, 40 women, 40 teams, 40 teenagers, and 200 Masters athletes will battle it out for the podium at the Games.   RockTape will be supporting Airrosti, the official athlete care provider of the CrossFit Games, to help keep the Games athletes going throughout the multi-day, multi-event competition. “We’re happy to have RockTape’s support for the 2016 season,” said Justin Bergh, General Manager of the CrossFit Games. “RockTape’s focus on sports performance aligns with our search to find the fittest on earth and we’re glad to have their support again this year.” The Games is not only a display of strength but also of endurance and other physical skills such as flexibility, agility, power, speed and coordination. “Athletes are subjected to unknown workouts and challenges during the week while competing against the fittest people on earth,” says RockTape CEO Greg van den Dries....
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