Have you sustained an injury to an ankle, knee or shoulder and have wondered whether to use taping to assist with recovery? Have you wondered what the difference is between Rocktape VsRigid Tape? Rocktape, also known as Kinesiology tape, is that fancy, stretchy tape you may have seen used on CrossFit Athletes, Ironmen or even on horses (yes they do Equine Taping too). Tristan and I have completed the RockTape training course to find out more about how this could help our clients. RockTape is said to mimic human skin. When applied correctly, the tape creates a lift and decompresses tissue to improve lymphatic and blood flow to the area, improve the slide and glide between tissue layers and improve body awareness. RockTape is best used when support is needed but you still want to be able to move the joint. Being able to move the joint allows the muscles surrounding the injured area to activate and strengthen to support the area. Rigid Taping is that stiff brown tape that you may have used in the past to make sure that injured joint didn’t move. Many years ago when working with a Local Rugby League team, I completed training in rigid taping. It was a long process to apply as it requires the application of a layer to prevent the tape from reacting with the skin or damaging the skin when removed. The purpose of rigid taping is to prevent movement therefore many layers are applied. This weekend I had my Dad track me down so that I could strap his badly swollen foot. His Physiotherapist had made him new orthotics which caused his foot swell and caused intense pain. Now incase you are wondering, it is not the Physiotherapist’s fault this occurred. With new orthotics you need to gradually increase the time you wear them in your shoes to allow your feet to get used to the new support. In this situation, I assessed his foot and decided we needed to focus on getting the swelling down and provide some support through the arch. With RockTape there is a technique with the tape called a Jellyfish. When applied it works tomove the fluid from the affected area and can even bring out bruising. I have also used it with oztag players who have suffered a “corked thigh” from a blow to the muscle. With Dad, I then applied another piece of tape for support across the arch. RockTape allowed him to continue moving the foot which also helps to move fluid and this morning he text me to say that it worked. The swelling had decreased and he was able to walk again on his foot. RockTape lasts up to 5 days and you can shower with it on so he will continue to benefit throughout the week when he returns to work. While Rigid Tape has it’s place, RockTape is fast becoming my favourite taping approach. I have seen how effective it can be and it is so easy to apply. Even Tristan can do it. If you have any injury that you would like me to assess and apply RockTape, Contact Us to discuss your injury or book an appointment.