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RockTape is a special kind of tape known as kinesiology tape. First used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by practitioners throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance.
While the use of kinesiology is often associated with athletes such as Serena Williams, Kerri Walsh and Lance Armstrong, the reality is that RockTape is effective for the treatment of a wide variety of problems, not just sports injuries.
Improving Sports Performance
While we can’t turn a 5 hour marathoner into a 3 hour runner, we do have methods to help you break the 3 hour barrier if you’re already close. When applied properly, Rocktape can help athletes improve form and decrease fatigue through better blood flow. These are the two most critical aspects of increasing performance in almost any sport.
How does Rocktape work?
When we manufacture RockTape, we introduce a bias into the weave of the fabric so it stretches in one direction and not the other. This creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism that lifts the skin away from the soft tissue underneath, which allows more blood to move into an injured area to accelerate healing and recovery.
What is Rocktape made of?
Rocktape is a natural-hybrid product and consists of 97% cotton, 3% nylon and uses no drugs. The adhesive is a hypo-allergenic acrylic based adhesive and contains no latex.
Unlike other kinesiology tapes made for rehabilitation, Rocktape was created in the heat of competition. We knew first hand that medical tape would fail under race conditions so we developed a lab in the Santa Cruz mountains where we could test our product until it meet our standards. Rocktape may cost a little more, but when it’s all on the line, it’s nice to know you’ve got the best product in the business. Rocktape is kinesiology tape evolved and enhanced, we did this to meet the demanded of athletes but the net effect is simply the best kinesiology tape around. So whether Rocktape is being used on international athletes, kids or arthritic octogenarians they all notice and benefit from the improvements we have made.
Stretching is good. Our research shows that by making our tape with 180% elasticity, we allow the athlete fuller and better range of motion. Our competitors only offer 130-150% stretch. Can you feel the difference? To us, it’s like night and day. When we wear our competitors tape we feel like we’ve been bound – we don’t believe that’s what anyone wants to feel when you’re walking much less running.
There are always options in life and compromises can be made. When we designed our tape, we wanted superior snap-back which is the ability of the tape to stretch without too much resistance, yet provide assistance to muscles when they return to neutral. To get the right stretch and recovery dynamics and the proper moisture defence we were faced with using a special nylon called 6/12 which is more expensive. Could we have used a cheaper nylon? Sure, but life is short and making the best possible product for you is what we’re all about. We chose not to compromise our standards because neither do you.
One size does not fit all. Imagine if we all tried to wear the same shirt. Some of our competitors seem to think we’re all the same size so they only make one width of tape and conveniently pre-cut their tape to inconvenient lengths expecting us to adjust to their marketing. We think there’s a big difference between a 7ft tall rugby player and a 55kg ballet dancer. A difference in size perhaps, but identical in attitude and spirit. We think it’s our job to fit you in size and spirit rather than the other way.