This is a mechanical lifting effect best observed when kinesiology tape is used over swollen and bruised areas.
Flexx Fitness Is Now Offering Rock Taping…
RockTape is a special kind of tape known as kinesiology (kinesio) tape. First used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by practitioners throughout the world to treat all types of injuries and to improve sports performance.
Here Is what the science is telling us!
All of the effects of rocktape come from the mechanical and neurosensory actions of the tape. When kinesiology tape is placed on the skin, some pretty cool things start to happen. Because of the stretchiness of the tape, it mechanically lifts and, in some cases, compresses the skin it is applied to. When you consider a cross-section of human skin and the underlying tissues, you see that each layer of tissue is connected to one beneath it through slips of tissue often referred to as, “skin ligaments.” Because of this, if you create a lifting effect with tape on the skin, this effect transfers to deeper layers, effectively decompressing the tissues beneath where the tape is applied.
What it’s used for…
- Decompression therapy (Lymphatic drainage)
- Helps reduce swelling/brusing
- Scare tissue management
- Pain management
- Movement Corrections
- Joint stability
- Performance enhancement
- Increases proprioception
When people see kinesio/rocktaping in action, the first question is usually, “Does it work?” followed quickly by, How does it work? Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about what this kind of taping method does and how.
Time after time we have seen dramatic changes in inflammation and bruising when kinesiology tape is “fanned” over the affected area. Often in 1-2 days a bruise is almost completely cleared, and we have seen exciting effects on limb edema following lymphectomies and other procedures that can result in chronic edema and swelling. It is likely that by decompressing the skin and the layers of tissue beneath it, lymphatic ducts and blood vessels can clear fluid more efficiently, resulting in these often- dramatic changes.