What is RockTape™?

RockTape™ gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation or range of motion. It is also used for preventive maintenance, swelling, and to treat pain.

RockTape™ is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. It exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method stems from the science of Kinesiology. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.

RockTape™ is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles with movement on a 24hr/day basis for up to 5 days. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.

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.

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

RockTape™ 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.

RockTape™ 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.

Important After Care Instructions following a RockTape™ Application

RockTape™ is extremely safe and gentle on skin. However, if you notice that your skin becomes immediately hot or itchy within an hour after applying you should remove the tape immediately following the instructions below. When in doubt, remove the tape if it becomes to uncomfortable.

  • When applying tape, skin should be clean and dry, no lotions or oils
  • Tape should remain in place for 3-5 days. If you try to remove it before then it will be extremely difficult to remove. You will know it is ready to come off when the edges begin to roll off easily
  • Tape can be worn in the shower, bath or swimming. Be careful to pat the area dry and not rub
  • Remove the tape when your skin is dry. Water and sweat make the tape adhere more strongly
  • Remove the tape 1″ at a time slowly. Do not rip the tape off too quickly, you will risk removing skin
  • We recommend one day of no tape in between taping applications to allow your skin to ‘breathe’ and replenish lost oils