Rock Tape i.e. Kinesiology Tape

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    Jan 06, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
    So what was once thought as a fad now might actually be thought of as the real deal. The NYPTA (New York Physical Therapy Association) approves and supports the use of taping. I've read that its used for everything from joint stabilization to improving lymphatic return for breast cancer patients. What do you guys think? Has anyone tried it?

    I'm in PT school now and none of my professors have mentioned it (probably because of the little research done) but it sounds legit.

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    Jan 06, 2013 3:18 AM GMT
    Ohh. Is that what it is? I saw some guy at the gym with colored "bandages" stuck to his leg. I had no idea what it was because it was applied on his leg/knee with a pattern. So it definitely wasn't plain old knee wraps. Interesting.
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    Jan 06, 2013 3:21 AM GMT
    xrichx saidOhh. Is that what it is? I saw some guy at the gym with colored "bandages" stuck to his leg. I had no idea what it was because it was applied on his leg/knee with a pattern. So it definitely wasn't plain old knee wraps. Interesting.


    haha, yea, it threw me too, the first time i saw it. Had no idea what i was looking at. Apparently the problem is that you need to really know what you're doing when applying the tape. Which doesn't help the average gym goer.
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    Jan 06, 2013 8:43 AM GMT
    Its pretty cool. Its equivalent to bracing but it gives you range of motion so you can still rehab injuries. I've been rocktape certified since April. I get more results with athletes than non active people. I haven't seen any results with lymph or edema though.
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    Jan 06, 2013 8:46 AM GMT
    I use it all the time when I go running in the woods. I love it. I don't know if threes a real science behind it but it does have the placebo effect.
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    Jan 06, 2013 8:47 AM GMT
    It's been all the rage with Olympic athletes. I believe at both the Beijing Olympics and London Olympics, athletes got free rolls of the stuff. Many of them swear by it.

    I've never had an occasion to use the tape, so I wouldn't know. Even when I was in gymnastics, I didn't care for taping up any part of my body that was injured because I hated the feeling of athletic tape and limited range of motion. Apparently k-tape is supposed to be better than that.
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    Jan 06, 2013 1:51 PM GMT
    I like it. It works.
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    Apr 14, 2013 5:03 PM GMT
    I saw the ATCs and DCs use it in my internships (athletic trainers, chiropractors), but I never learned about it either.
  • Medjai

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    Apr 14, 2013 5:04 PM GMT
    It was part of the recovery I had with my rotator cuff injury. I found it really helpful.
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    Apr 14, 2013 9:44 PM GMT
    I strained my one of my hamstring muscles last week, have been using the k tape but not sure it's helping or I'm just healing normally. I like to think its helping lol.
    However, I tried it on my rectus abdominus (abs) just to try it out. I did the p90x ab ripper work out one time with out it, then I taped myself up and did the same work out another time. It was Killer with the tape on! I've never felt my abs work so hard before. So maybe it does something, still waiting on more research in the meantime.