RockTape™ and KT Tape™ is a type of kinesiology tape used to support muscles and ligaments after injury, during rehab or returning to sport/activity. The tape is easy to apply and stays in place for up to 5 days. Once our providers show you how to use it, it is designed to be applied at home!
Kinesiology Tape Benefits
Compression and Support - much more effective than an ace wrap, kinesiology tape stays in place while reducing swelling and providing pain relief
De-load the injured area - spreading out muscle and ligament stress over a larger area
Pain Relief - the tactile input on the skin, compression, and de-loading provide significant pain relief to strains, sprains and bruises
Swelling Reduction - the ‘edema reduction’ application promotes lymphatic drainage, reduces swelling, and speeds resolution of bruising.
Muscle Retraining - through tactile input with movement, your muscles ‘learn’ to work appropriately during rehab.
In a nutshell
Kinesiology tape gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation or range of motion. It is primarily used for to treat pain, reduce swelling and provide support. Many athletes also use it for performance care. In contrast, traditional sports’ taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids as an undesirable side-effect. RockTape™ will not prevent injury or reduce the likelihood of traumatic injury to any joints.
Functional Taping for Musculoskeletal Injuries
In addition to RocDoc taping certifications, our doctors are certified in FTMI (Function Taping for Musculoskeletal Injuries). This protocol combines several types of tape including athletic, strapping and stabilization. FTMI involves functional analysis of which tape applications may make an injury feel better and exactly how they should be applied.
When to Get Taped
Kinesiology tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include: posture, muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.
Kinesiology Tape Applied
Here is a before and after picture a taping that Dr. Goodman placed on a patient with a large hematoma which had resulted from a skiing accident.
Wash Park Chiro carries every type of RockTape™ available. Stop by to check out our selection or call to make an appointment with one of our Rock Docs to apply it for you.
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