Anyone who has watched any sport on TV in the last few years has most likely seen athletes sporting some kind of tape. Whether it’s around joints specifically, or looking like some kind of funky fashion statement across arms or backs. Some of these tapes will be colourful and in cool patterns and shapes, and others just doing a boring wrap around job.
Were you aware that there are many differences surrounding not only the composition of the tape, but also the way it is taped? Have you ever wondered what’s so special about Kinesiology tape like RockTape? Let us help you to understand.
Theory of the tape
Regular Tape – To restrict movement of the affected joint or muscle in order to facilitate recovery, in addition to assisting with postural retraining.
Kinesiology Tape – To work with the natural contours of the skin in order to reduce swelling and inflammation, increase blood flow and reduce pain.
Regular Tape – Can only be worn for short timeframes due to the restrictive positioning.
Kinesiology Tape – Can be worn for up to four to five days.
Regular Tape – Rigid, non elastic.
Kinesiology Tape – Elastic, designed to imitate and lift skin slightly, allowing better circulation and to be worn without restricting movement.
Positioning of the tape
Regular Tape – Applied to restrict problematic area and reduce movement. Patients can often re tape affected areas without needing to visit physician.
Kinesiology Tape – Applied to best facilitate lymphatic blood flow in order to both support the injury but aid recovery while allowing full range of movement. Physicians will need to have attended a course to apply the tape correctly and effectively, and will need to properly educate and evaluate the patient prior to application.
Effects of Tape on the Skin
Regular Tape – Will often be applied with under wrap which will not irritate sensitive skin.
Kinesio Tape – Hypo-Allergenic, and can be applied to all types of skin.
Regular Tape – Limited to one colour.
Kinesio Tape -Available in a range of colours and patterns.
It would appear that the most popular type of Kinesiology tape on the market is RockTape and that has to be not only because of the excellent price point, but also the range of colours and patterns they offer in order to help you feel good about your recovery.
“Through all the crazy strength and flexibility training just to nail that next Pole move or transition, we definitely put our bodies under some serious stress! That’s why I love my Rocktape! Rocktape allows me to feel confident and secure when Poling, it adds that extra level of support for my muscles and helps me recover faster if any little niggles or injuries may occur. Hence our Team Rocktape slogan ‘Go Stronger Longer!’ ” – Sammy T from Diamond Class Pole and Fitness, Hobart
Whatever your taping preferences are, though, we recommend following these steps before you apply:
- ALWAYS consult with a qualified health professional prior to applying to assess your injury to ensure you’re taping the correct area in the correct manner. Not doing this could mean that you’re treating referred pain and not the real problematic area
- Apply your tape to clean dry skin. Try and avoid taping an injury mid exercise. It doesn’t stick as well to sweaty skin!
- Ensure the area you’re taping is hair free. If you need to shave, do so at least 12-24 hours beforehand
- Ensure any cuts/wounds are either covered with a wound pad, or avoid the area if possible.
- Use a muscle repair cream like Fisiocrem in between tapings.