Simple ROCKTAPE Applications for Common Aches and Pains

Simple ROCKTAPE Applications for Common Aches and Pains

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 you get a safe, effective, lasting application. THE GOLDEN RULES ROUND...
Therapy Expo 2013

Therapy Expo 2013

` ` We had a great time at http://www.therapyexpo.co.uk  a couple of weeks ago.  Therapy expo2013 was one the UKs biggest trade shows for therapy professionals ever held.  It was an excellent opportunity to show off Rocktape to the world, catch up with some old friends and make some new ones.  We would thoroughly recommend any therapists, students etc get there for next year.  Here are a couple of little vid clips of the event.  Thanks to the guys from www.fisherstudios.co.uk for producing these...
Manchester Therapy Expo 2013

Manchester Therapy Expo 2013

We’ll be exhibiting at Therapy Expo, on the 13th & 14th September 2013 at Manchester Central, a dedicated trade event for physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, sports therapists, massage therapists, occupational therapists and clinic managers. Joining us on the stand will be three of our elite ‘ROCK Stars’, all of whom are also qualified ‘ROCK Docs’.  British number one ski-cross athlete Emily Sarsfield and mixed martial arts competitor Rosi Sexton will be with us on Friday 13th September, with GB triathlete Seb Navarro due to attend on Saturday 14th September. Emily, who is due to compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia, had to miss the last Winter Olympics in 2010 after rupturing her Anterior Cruiciate Ligament (ACL). Her post-surgery rehab involved the Rocktape medical team and their taping strategies, which also led to her becoming one of Rocktape’s team of ‘ROCK Stars’.  Emily will be on hand on the Friday afternoon to speak with delegates about any taping or ski-related matters. Also with us on the Friday will be Rosi Sexton, the mixed martial arts competitor who competed in her first fight for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) back in June. In addition to her ring success, Rosi is also a trained osteopath who uses taping to assist her and her clients’ performances.  Rosi will be on the stand all day answering questions about her career thus far, signing autographs and talking about her experiences with Rocktape. Long-course triathlete Seb Navarro, who is also a personal trainer, will be in attendance on the Expo’s second day, demonstrating both triathlon and cycling-specific tape applications.  Seb speaks highly of how Rocktape...
DUDE WHATS THAT PINK STUFF ON YOUR LEG?!?

DUDE WHATS THAT PINK STUFF ON YOUR LEG?!?

Medical Director of RocktapeUK and Physiotherapist Paul Coker give us the lowdown on all things kinesiology tape. Few people can have failed to notice the rise and rise of this often brightly coloured tape in recent years. Whether adorning Gareth Bales legs, Novak Djokovic’s back or covering half of TeamGB at London 2012, kinesiology tape (hence forth I’ll go with just tape) has been rapidly gaining popularity with athletes, patients and therapists alike. While some people remain sceptical, and doubtful that is nothing more than a passing fad, convinced that all its reported positive effects are down to a heady cocktail of placebo effect and vanity. Others, myself included, have seen and felt its unique effects to reduce pain and enhance performance. Every day in clinic I see patients delighted and amazed when I tape them. Every time I teach a taping course I see sceptics become converts by wearing and feeling the tape work on them. For many people, at the point they realise their pain/problem feels better when wearing tape, they stop asking questions. I am not that sort of people, this is for all those sceptical scientific, pragmatic, rational people..like me. I’m not going make the usual outlandish claims about what tape can do, and more importantly that we fully understand it. If I’m really honest there is much we don’t know about what tape can and can’t help, how it does what it does, what system within your body it is affecting. You know; the details. Let’s start with what we do actually know. “Does this tape make my calfs looks fat?” Ultra running legend...
Rocking the Reviews

Rocking the Reviews

Rocktape has been making waves amongst elite athletes and their medical professionals for some time, but why take our word for it?  Below are some of the rave reviews we’ve had in recent weeks. Melanie Ryding, a GB age group triathlete, nutritionist and NLP practitioner, used kinesio tape when recovering from minor knee surgery.  She compared a few of the leading brands and reported her findings on her blog.  We were delighted to see Rocktape come out on top. <a href=”http://r2hmagazine.com/2013/02/15/gear-review-kinesiology-tape/comment-page-1/#comment-168″ target=”_blank”>Click here</a> to read the full article. Top sportswoman and keen runner, Gemma Bryan, shares her personal experiences with Rocktape on Run and Become’s review pages.  Gemma is a big fan of our tape and offers some excellent tips on how to get the most out of it. <a href=”http://run.runandbecome.com/running-product-reviews/accessories/review-rocktape/” target=”_blank”>Click here</a> to read the full article. Elite level Sports Massage Therapist, Jody Leach, blogged about the success he had when treating his pregnant wife with Rocktape applications.  He used Rocktape to treat lower back pain and then, later in the pregnancy, used Rocktape to create a pregnancy harness, both with excellent results. <a href=”http://jodyshomemassage.wordpress.com/2013/02/17/rocktape-use-during-pregnancy/” target=”_blank”>Click here</a> to read the full article. <a href=”http://www.rocktape.net/images/instructions_pregnancy.pdf”>Click here</a>to view our pregnancy applications poster. <em>The first British woman to cross the line at last year’s Virgin London Marathon was Team GB’s Claire Hallissey, complete with a self-applied strip of Cow Print Rocktape.</em> Rock Docs wanted! Rocktape will be attending the Mizuno Reading Half Marathon on Sunday 17<sup>th</sup> of March and the Virgin London Marathon Expo from Wednesday 17<sup>th</sup> to Saturday 20<sup>th</sup> April. We are looking for Rock Docs (medical professionals who have...
Rocktape: A short guide to applying it yourself

Rocktape: A short guide to applying it yourself

ROCKTAPE is a brand of Kinesiolgy tape that was developed in the USA and is now available in more than 10 countries worldwide.  Barry Spencer is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Medical Development Director for Rocktape.  In this article Barry explains how to safely and effectively apply Rocktape. To get the most effective results and value for money when using Rocktape, it is important to apply your tape correctly and look after it once it’s on.  Tape that is well applied and looked after will generally last between 3-5 days, though this does vary with individual skin types and the body parts taped. Each roll of Rocktape comes with a leaflet containing instructions on how to apply tape for some common problems and, in addition to this, below are some simple rules that will help you ensure you apply your tape well.  Video demonstrations of how to apply tape can also be viewed at  www.rocktape.net/how-to-use/ If you are in any way unsure of whether your injury/problem is appropriate for taping, then you should consult a medical professional. For a list of qualified Rock Doc’s in your area, go to http://www.rocktape.co.uk/rock-docs/ and enter your postcode. Be careful when taping over a body part/person with the following: • History of tape allergy (these are usual latex based though and Rocktape has no latex) • Fragile or healing skin • Deep Venous Thrombosis • Don’t tape over the following type of skin • Areas treated with radiation in the past 6 months • Open wounds • Infected areas • Skin preparation • If you’re concerned about an allergy, apply a small (1cm x...
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