That Tape Stuff

Hi guys, Katie here!

If you’ve been to the gym somewhat regularly lately, you’ve probably noticed me sporting some RockTape on my body. I’m here to tell you about it.

So what is this RockTape? RockTape is a type of  kinesiology tape. There are other brands you may have heard of or used, such as Kinesio Tape, KT Tape, etc. Kinesiology tape is a stretchy type of tape, designed to stay on the body for 2-5 days at a time.

What does kinesiology tape do? Fancy speak, specifically the primary effects of kinesiology tape are to decompress tissues and provide stimulation to sensory nerves. Decompression of the tissues allows for better circulation, which can help with healing and recovery. It also relieves pressure on pain receptors, so you have less pain. Stimulating sensory nerves will increase the brain’s response to all the sensory info coming into it, including improved proprioception. Proprioception is our brain’s sense of where our body is in space and during movement.

Basically you have less pain and your brain gets bombarded with more sensory info so you feel less pain.

Why RockTape? I’ve used kinesiology tape quite a few times over the past few years, either Kinesio Tape or RockTape brands. I have found that hands down, RockTape sticks to skin way better. I have utilized kinesiology taping in the clinic, and have found that it tends to come off easily on patients, even with the use of an adhesive spray. Sometimes only in a day or two, when the tape should last 3-5 days. However, I tape myself with RockTape, no adhesive spray and it easily lasts 5 days with working out, showering (daily, don’t worry!) and everything else.

Can I just slap some tape on myself and call it good? It would be nice if it was that easy, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately it’s not so simple. I’ve taken courses from Kinesio Tape and RockTape, and I promise there is skill and a lot of thought behind the taping techniques. And honestly, I can tape an area, but without doing an assessment on the individual, I’m taping blindly. Some techniques may look pretty simple and easy to replicate, but I would recommend at least seeking out the knowledge of a practioner who can assess you and show you what to do.

So where can I find someone to tape me? Excellent question! As most of you know, I’m a physical therapist, holding a doctorate degree. As mentioned previously, I have taken both courses on the methodology of Kinesio Tape and RockTape, and tape patients on a regular basis at the clinic. At Light the Fire CrossFit, we want to expand what we offer to our members, and provide services you can’t get at just any gym. You can contact me at coachkatieltfcf@gmail.com for more info on taping or message me on social media or feel free to grab me in the gym! You don’t have to be a member of Light the Fire CrossFit to take advantage of my services!

Feel free to follow me on Instagram- @katie.bacarella – you’ll get a glimpse of taping, CrossFit and a healthy lifestyle. Stay tuned as I work to develop some PT/mobility/movement/health info for you guys!

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