ABOUTThe popularity and use of kinesiology tape (Rock Tape) has increased dramatically over the last seven years. Despite the fact that it was invented in the 1970’s by Dr. Kenzo Kase, Rock Tape rose to prominence following the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Rock tape is increasingly being used by athletes at all levels, ranging from Olympians to weekend warriors, as well as by people experiencing chronic pain, inflammation and injury.
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED
*Jumpers knee (PFS)
*Groin and hamstring pulls
*Lower back issues
*Tennis and golf elbow
*Pain associated with pregnancy
*Skin & abrasion protection
ROCK TAPE RESEARCHRock tape is commonly used to help treat those with chronic pain. According to research, the application of kinesio tape reduces pain and positively affects functional performance capabilities. Kinesio tape works by increasing the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid and continuously stimulating the neurological system, which reduces pain and increases function.
Rock tape may also be used to prevent muscular fatigue, which may help with postural control and increased proprioception, which enhances postural and, possible, dynamic movement control.
Research also demonstrates that If exercises are used in conjunction with manipulation and taping, an even better effect can be experienced. Researchers found that adjustments will hold longer if the area is stabilized with tape after an adjustment with decreased muscle tightness.