At Premier Sports and Spine Center we often get asked how Rock Tape & Kinesio tape work? This is an interesting question in many ways. First of all, no taping procedure is ideal for every condition so it is important to only use this technique when it is going to be beneficial. Second of all, there are several different ways to use Rock Tape & Kinesio tape:
Fascial Movement Taping. This is a common way that we use rock tape and it is designed to affect how an athlete moves. The tape is applied in such a way that when an athlete moves in an adverse way the tape tightens and gives them a subtle neurological reminder to correct that movement. This is very valuable for an athlete that is still recovering from an injury but has returned to action because it doesn’t limit their range of motion. Some examples of improper movement that can be corrected with taping would be an internal rotation of the knee when squatting or shrugging when raising an arm.
Postural Taping. This style of taping is very similar to movement taping in that it provides a subtle neurological reminder to a patient/athlete to correct their posture. This taping technique can be used to help a patient avoid improper ergonomics at work.
Edema Taping. This style of taping utilizes the stretch of Rock Tape & Kinesio tape to help the body remove swelling. A “basket-weave” is placed over the site of swelling and the tape lifts the skin enough to allow lymphatic flow which speeds the removal of edema. This is valuable in cases such as ankle or knee sprains.
For more information about how these taping techniques can help you recover from an injury and how we utilize this and other techniques, please don’t hesitate to contact Premier Sports and Spine Center.