ROCKTAPE Applications in Elite Rugby Union

ROCKTAPE Applications in Elite Rugby Union

Bob Stewart, Head Of Medical Services, Gloucester Rugby Having used Rocktape over the past 3-4 years in a professional rugby environment, I can honestly say that it has proved it’s worth. I have used a variety of clinical applications to enhance both rehabilitation and performance. Whilst from an evidence-based practice perspective there currently appears to be little benefit in using kinesiotape specifically in comparison to other tape, I have found it very effective from a practice-based evidence perspective. Even in pro sport, we are in the business of modifying pain, optimizing movement and improving function. If I can alter subjective and objective markers through effective taping on a case-by-case basis then I will do so. Some individuals respond unbelievably well to taping just as others sometimes don’t. Being selective in how and why you apply the tape and to whom will benefit both your patients and your outcomes. Be objective. We use the Oedema Control Tapings consistently in the acute setting to good effect – particularly around acute joint / ligament strains ( ankle / foot ), haematomas ( thigh / biceps ) and post-surgical ( shoulder, hands, ankle ). I have had some great results using the tape to supplement the manual therapy that I primarily use. It works incredibly well when applied to neural and fascial interfaces – the tape has allowed me to get more effective carryover on a daily basis which is essential when you have short turnarounds. We’ve also used it to good effect in improving joint position and thus muscle activation especially around the shoulder and PFJ. The tapes flexibility allows the players...
ROCKTAPE 101

ROCKTAPE 101

There’s nothing worse than not performing your best due to ripped callouses. Whether it’s a regular day at the box or a competition, here’s a simple yet effective way to protect your hands. 1. Measure and cut a strip that runs from the back of your hand to the bottom of your wrist. Remember that the tape is pre-stretched so cut it a bit shorter. Cut a smaller strip that will be wrapped around your wrist. 2. Cut 2 oval or diamond shaped holes about an inch or two from the end of the longer strip. 3.  Apply the longer strip as seen in the photo, putting the ring finger and middle finger through the holes. Keep your hand, fingers and wrist spread out and apply the tape flat with no stretch or creases until it ends by your wrist.  It is important to have clean dry hands for the tape to stick properly. 4. Apply the last strip with little or no stretch around your wrist so that it covers the previous...
Rock and Rolling @ the London Marathon Exhibition by Natalie Crosby

Rock and Rolling @ the London Marathon Exhibition by Natalie Crosby

It’s been a hectic week but I am ready for my first taste of a RockTape event that myself and several other students have signed up for. The event itself was held at the ExCeL Centre in East London and is for the tens of thousands of runners in the Virgin Money London Marathon, ahead of the big day on the 26th April. This was a chance for them to collect their runner number, timing tag and kitbag. As well as see what an amazing event they have signed up for. We were scheduled to arrive at 10:30am, half an hour to the open of the first day of this four-day event. I didn’t know at the time but Paula Radcliffe was schedule to open the Exhibition. After collecting my ExCeL exhibitors pass I tried to make my way over to RockTape. Stand 267, at the start this information felt like it would help but having wound my way past, NSPCC, Lucozade, Bupa, Skins, Sweat Shop and ironically, TomTom, it didn’t feel like it was helping at all. Eventually, I spotted the famiilar red and black motif and my fellow RockDoc’s. We were armed with our RockTape t-shirts and tape and moved over to the much larger area given to us by the Sweat Shop (and no, this was unfortunately, not the one I passed earlier) where we set up beds and promotional items ready to sell and tape for free. The first hour or two was pretty slow going, I hadn’t really taped any one but once the Lucozade DJ started playing and our first few customers were getting...
Effects of ROCKTAPE on chronic back pain

Effects of ROCKTAPE on chronic back pain

First a bit of a back story, I started off with my severe chronic back pain over 4 years ago now. I came back from a holiday in turkey with severe back pain, which at the time we just put down to sleeping in a terrible bed for two weeks. The first night back home I woke up unable to move from my neck down, over the next few hours my upper body started to regain feeling but not entirely and my legs regained a small bit of feeling but where more or less entirely numb. I have spent many weeks in hospital over the past few years, there have been times where I was well too though. To start with these “healthy” periods where lasting a matter of a few weeks before the back pain came back and I lost feeling in my legs. The pain has been constant ranging from lower back where it is at its worst (especially on the left side) to my shoulder blades, my spine also suffers from intermittent shooting pains which are terrible. My problem has never been fully diagnosed, but now im in a healthy period my back pain is still very severe effecting my daily life. My hands are still a little numb as are my feet but nothing compared to what im used to whilst in the wheelchair. There is a hell of a lot more to my story but far too much to explain in one post!! I started using ROCKTAPE during one of my well periods when I was able to get to the point where I...

Simple ROCKTAPE Applications for Common Aches and Pains

Simple ROCKTAPE Applications for Common Aches and Pains By Paul Coker A lot of folks involved in kinesiology taping will tell you that tape should only be applied by a super-special, highly trained, jedi tape ninja. (Actual title may vary).  They will discourage athletes and members of the public from even attempting to self-tape.  They will probably also tell you that only therapists trained in their education system and  accredited by their official sounding, but sort of made up, association should tape you up.  I don’t really agree with any of that, bear in mind I am a physiotherapist, tape instructor, and tape company medical director!! I think that in many situations, many people can and should consider self-taping. There are some caveats and exceptions that I will mention. First and most important; if you have a pain that is any of the following you should see e a experienced, competent therapist/medic. You have a pain you rate as strong or severe (on a scale of 0-10: 6 or above) You have a pain which doesn’t stop or become mild (under 3/10) in any position You have a pain which is worsening despite resting it. Self-taping is best suited to those little niggles, aches and pains.  The ones that don’t exactly stop you in your tracks, but none-the-less, stop you moving freely, playing your sport, standing at work.  If you are anything like me, and 95% of the world, you know the kind of niggles I mean. Now before you grab a roll of ROCKTAPE and get sticking, there are a few things you need to know to ensure...

ROCKTAPE UK announce partnership with Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI).

ROCKTAPE UK have today announced a partnership deal with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI). The deal will see ROCKTAPE deliver their acclaimed FMT seminars to APPI members and APPI use ROCKTAPE to treat patients in their clinics. Simon Bunyard, ROCKTAPE director said “ROCKTAPE prides itself on not only our tape but on the highest quality kinesiology taping teaching on the market. We’re delighted to be working closely with APPI, an organisation who shares our passion for high quality teaching and treatment.” Glenn Withers, APPI co-founder: “I am absolutely delighted to announce the partnership with Rocktape UK. My overwhelming passion and drive in everything that APPI does is to deliver quality in education and products. We feel that Rocktape UK represents our core values and as such we are delighted to be working with them as a host of their courses and a consumer of their products. I use Rocktape in all my clinics and I cannot recommend it highly enough. We also see such a link between the muscle activation principles of the APPI Pilates method and the use of Rocktape for improving facilitation and movement control. I believe this is a partnership that will assist us both in delivering outstanding education across the...
CrossFit European Competitions 2015

CrossFit European Competitions 2015

Check out the biggest and best Crossfit Competitions around Europe in 2015! Competition events are all mapped and calendered in this handy Crossfit infographic via www.barbellsandbeards.com. Source:...
ROCKTAPE signs Partner Deal with Optimum Healthcare Solutions & Physio 1st

ROCKTAPE signs Partner Deal with Optimum Healthcare Solutions & Physio 1st

ROCKTAPE UK today announced a two year partnership deal with Optimum Healthcare Solutions (www.optimum-hcs.com) and Physio 1st (www.physio1st.co.uk) to exclusively supply both tape and education. ROCKTAPE MD Simon Bunyard said “We are very excited to be working two of the UK’s premier multi-site Physiotherapy practices. We are always looking to partner with like minded companies who take a pride in their standards and this is no different.” Optimum MD Dean Payne said “The partnership with ROCKTAPE is one we are really looking forward to developing. We pride ourselves on the service we offer our patients and having the UK’s premier kinesiology tape is yet another sign of this. We also hope that having a uniform training provider will only help to improve standards across our group of clinics”. Clinical Director at Physio 1st Peter Grinbergs commented “Physio 1st is proud to be working alongside ROCKTAPE, the market leader in terms of Kinesiology tape. Like ROCKTAPE, we honed our skills in high level sport. Now we intend to pass these benefits onto our loyal customers. Our ethos has always been to provide elite services to the everyday citizens of Great Britain and the ROCKTAPE partnership adds strength to this...

The use of kinesiology taping in the rehabilitation of patients with neurological deficits

Highlights • My experience so far has been to use kinesiology tape, as a treatment adjunct, with patients who present with Parkinsons Disease (PD), Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Spinal Cord Injury….. • Patients report increased confidence, awareness of limbs, movement control and ….. • We put tape where we put our hands and we use it for the same reason that we put our hands onto patients – sensory input, guidance, correction of alignment, balance of …… Full Article by Melissa Benyon Neurological Physiotherapist and Rocktape FMT Neuro Course developer. I started using therapeutic taping back in the late 1990’s, where my main objective was to purchase the most rigid zinc oxide tape on the market – how things have moved on! I used it for patients with neurological deficits, primarily for pain management, correction of shoulder alignment problems, stabilisation and muscle inhibition and recruitment and found it helpful. Following my attendance at a Rocktape taping course in 2014, I started using kinesiology tape – tape with elastic properties enabling the therapist to vary how much the tape is tensioned during application. I offered to get involved in teaching for Rocktape and consequently also started reading around the subject, searching on the TRIP database to look at what research was out there – did it demonstrate positive outcomes? and what mechanisms for actions of the tape could be described? There is a lot of research available investigating the efficacy of kinesiology tape in the musculoskeletal field, although research in the neurological arena is much less prevalent. Increasingly studies are targeted at patient groups with pathology, as some studies investigating the...
Sam Brearey Interview

Sam Brearey Interview

Sam is a young dinghy sailor, who already at the age of 25 has a proven track record on the international stage. Sam is a double world champion, triple European champion and double national champion. His skill set has been best shown in single trapeze dinghies such as the 420 where he set a British record, the 470 which he now campaigns towards the Olympic Games and the Fireball which he has won numerous titles in. While his ability and performance on the international stage is unquestionable, Sam also finds time to give back into sport. Sam represents 3 charities all of which give him the opportunity to support the development of young people across the country. Sam spends his free time supporting projects aimed at getting young people into education, sport, employment and training. Sam also makes sure he uses his knowledge and experience to support the development of young sailors, helping coach their skills to develop the next Olympic champion. Outside of Sam’s giving back to charity, he also mentors other athletes helping guide them on their journeys through sport and beyond. Sam’s dedication to training and development is well beyond his years, taking detail in all his preparation is key to his performance. Having made a difficult decision in 2009 to finish education and not chase his dream of London 2012, Sam has recently quit his full time job to become a full time sailor looking towards Tokyo 2020. In order to ensure he has a strong full back post sport, Sam is successfully running his own business in sport around his training, while also being...
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