RockTape has numerous therapeutic uses, including rehabilitation after injury, edema control, postural correction, and relief of pregnancy-related issues. In contrast to these applications, which focus on therapeutic or corrective action, the Power Taping technique focuses on enhancing athletic performance – essentially helping athletes perform closer to their innate physiological potential.
RockTape sports a tighter weave, stronger adhesive, and more elasticity than regular kinesiology tape, which was designed for greater versatility than traditional athletic tape. Also known as “PowerTaping” is a kinesiology taping technique that’s becoming all the rage in the sports world.
Rather than taping an isolated joint or muscle group, the PowerTaping protocol involves applying tape to the entire chain of joints, muscles, fascia, and nervous system components responsible for specific movement patterns. The Front Chain, for example, is responsible for the sprinting motions important to so many sports. PowerTaping of the front performance chain begins on the front of each foot, running up the front of the legs to the hips. A second strip runs along the abdominal muscles and a final strip is applied to the muscles along the front of the neck. The tape is applied with the muscle groups in a maximally stretched position, simulating the movement associated with the sport.
When applied, Rock Tape increases endurance, activates muscles, provides stronger, more efficient movement of related muscle groups, and significantly decreases recovery time. When these benefits are added to its biomechanically supportive, therapeutic, and healing properties, RockTape becomes a potent weapon in the arsenal of the serious athlete. No other single modality is capable of enhancing performance, preventing injury, as well as aiding and speeding recovery from those injuries that are unavoidable.
RockTape uses a biomechanical lifting mechanism to lift the skin away from the soft tissue and promote blood flow. This sends more oxygenated blood to the area, maximizing the nourishment of overtaxed muscles, joints, and other body structures. Additionally, it accelerates the removal of lactic acid from muscles, promotes recovery, and increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, effectively reducing swelling and edema. In addition, it interacts with sensory-neural pathways, providing additional stimuli to fatigued or weakened muscles.
The therapeutic benefits of RockTape include improved flexibility and range of motion, relief of swelling, bruising, and edema, enhanced activation of weakened or injured muscle groups, and correction of balance deficiencies, resulting in a more rapid return to pre-injury or pre-overuse function.