Kinesio Taping

We use “Rock Tape” a brand of Kinesio Tape to help with a wide variety of muscular skeletal and sporting injuries and to achieve the following;
Reduce Swelling, pain, tightness, stiffness, delay of muscle fatigue and cramp.

Rocktape is engineered to mimic human skin, it can stretch up 180% its original length but has amazing ‘snap back’ or recovery.

When Rocktape is applied with little or no stretch on the tape but lots of stretch on the tissue is causes the skin to form convulsions and wrinkle. This creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism that decompresses the tissue just under the skin. It is believed that this decompression and having tape on our skin creates 3 main effects;
Fluid Effect; By causing decompression the tape promotes a more normal fluid dynamic in the taped area. Swelling is better able to flow out of the area, taking with it toxins which result from inflammation and injury. Also blood has less resistance to enter the area bringing with it more oxygen and nutrients vital for healing and recovery.
Mechanical Effect: As pressure on the fascial layer (the connective tissue under our skin that encompasses our muscles) is reduced more normal skin slide and glide mechanics between layers of tissue is restored. It is likely that this is the mechanism that is the mechanism that can make someone who can only bend as far as their knees touch their toes in an instant.

Neurological Effect: A lot of pain generated by movement or muscle contraction is generated by nerve endings in the space between the skin and muscle. As tape decompresses this space there is less pressure on these nerve endings so is reduced or stopped completely at its source, Having elastic tape stuck to your skin is also believed to stimulate receptors within the skin called Mechanoreceptors, These receptors play a part in our movement awareness, or what therapists call Proprioception. Application can decrease pain and improve the way we move.
When Rocktape is applied with more stretch it can be used to support areas where tissue has been strained or torn, weakened or lengthened. By adding more elastic recoil to the taped area, functional stability and tissue elasticity are enhanced.