RockTape is a hypo-allergenic therapeutic kinesiology tape that is 97% cotton and 3% nylon. The tape was developed in the 1980s and is a proven therapeutic modality for treating pain, inflammation and swelling. This special tape is designed with a built-in pre-stretch to facilitate the body’s natural healing process by creating an external support for muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints while manipulating the affected area’s soft tissue in order to relieve pain while not restricting the body’s natural movement in the process.
Since the tape is applied to the skin, and the skin is the largest organ in the human body, the tape can interrupt the body’s mechanism of pain. What that means is that the signals that the brain is receiving about “being” in pain are altered and then the sensation of pain is manipulated to feel less painful. This does not directly heal the cause of pain, but allows one’s body to re-orient around the pain more appropriately.
Also, the tape has an 180% elasticity which, when applied to the site of an injury, can help reduce swelling and decrease the body’s inflammation response.
The main function of the tape might be that it helps the body move back into balance. The body moves in a concert as the muscles, bones, ligaments and joints articulate to produce movement. Often times, pain is a function of a musculoskeletal imbalance within the structure and function of the body. An overly strong muscle can cause an opposing weaker muscle to become too long which can cause a joint to be out of alignment. The same can be said of a tight muscle tendon or ligament which can pull a joint out of alignment as well. A therapist uses the application of RockTape to re-align the body by turning on or turning off muscles or by helping tendons or ligaments to lengthen or shorten.
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