Rocktape is a revolutionary tape that has been created to treat a raft of sports injuries including lower back, tennis elbow, shin splints and knee problems as well as lymphoedema, chronic swelling and pain management. Unlike rigid strapping tape, this tape is flexible and can be applied with a stretch that has some important effects on the tissues and circulatory system around the tape. In particular, the tape can increase the flow of fluid to an injured area of the body whilst also draining out lymphatic fluid reducing swelling. Rocktape is adaptable and can be used to move muscles or tendons and activate or deactivate a muscle. Even though it is flexible it can also support or restrict joint movements, but this is often done more effectively in injury prevention with rigid strapping tape.
The tape is made out of a latex-free cotton fabric and glue, meaning that it sticks on well to the patient and dries well (if they shower whilst they’re wearing the tape). It is hypoallergenic and can be worn for up to 5 days with less likelihood of skin irritation. The patient is able to shower whilst they are wearing the tape and it dries quickly.
You may have noticed the brightly coloured tape on athletes across many public sports events such as the Olympics and Tour de France. Core Physiotherapists are trained in the application of Rocktape. This means that all of our metro Adelaide locations are able to provide this service to our patients. For more information on Rocktape, visit rocktape.com.au or contact Core Physiotherapy at any of our convenient locations across Adelaide.