Active people, and those recovering from injury, need a safe way to keep moving so that the body can heal itself, and products like Rock Tape and Kinesio Tape may be just what the chiropractic doctor ordered.
Kinesio Taping has been around for more than a quarter of a century. It is designed to help the body to heal itself, while providing stability and support. Kinesio Tape also assists the patient in maintaining range of motion. Dr. Kenzo Kase, a licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist, developed the tape to have a “texture and elasticity very close to living human skin”. Past methods of taping sports injuries with rigid tape have limitations. Dr. Kase came up with the idea of the Kinesio Taping Method by realizing that the source of the complaint in arthritic patients (with joint distortion) wasn’t due to the joint or bone, but with the muscle. In stabilizing the joint, he saw an effectiveness in taping “around the muscle to achieve joint correction”. Traditional rigid tapes immobilized the joint. Dr. Kase’s tape is more elastic, and it stays on the skin. It is breathable and “lifts the skin microscopically”. The Kinesio Tape is designed to reduce pain, prevent injury, optimize performance, and promote healing and circulation.1 Practitioners using Kinesio Tape can be certified, and there is now even a Kinesio Taping Association International.2
Rock Tape is a special kinesiology tape that is used to help improve athletic performance and treat injuries. Rock Tape is now recommended for a variety of conditions, including ACL and rotator cuff issues, pulls in the groin/hamstring, shin splints, lower back pain, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, and even pregnancy. For athletes, Rock Tape is designed to help the sports enthusiast maintain proper form and improve blood flow, thereby decreasing fatigue. There is a “bias into the weave of the fabric so it stretches in one direction”. This helps Rock Tape to lift the skin away from the soft tissue. Healing and recovery are assisted by this lifting, which allows the circulation of blood into the injured area. Rock Tape is cotton and nylon, with an acrylic adhesive, and no latex.3 Rock Tape practitioners can become certified with a Fascial Movement Taping (FMT) Certification. There are 2 levels of certification. Certified professionals learn about the “concept of muscles acting as a chain”, and the “body’s integrations of movement via multi-muscle contractions” to connect to the brain and body together. When the brain is connected to the “uninterrupted fascial web”, rehabilitation and performance can be enhanced via skin stimulation.4 There are even courses for those who are Crossfit athletes: Power Taping for Crossfit (PTC).5 Rock Tape’s methodology meshes well with the chiropractic philosophies of the body and mind working holistically, ergonomic support, and the body’s innate ability to heal itself.