Kinesiology taping

Kinesiology tapingAt Chart Clinic we use the premium brand of Kinesiology tape called RockTape. Kinesiology tape, sometimes called K Tape or Kinesio tape, was first used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by a wide variety of health professionals throughout the world to treat injuries and pain.

The Chart clinic Rockdoc’s are all great enthusiast for Rocktape and its wide variety of applications that are benefitting the patients of the clinic.

About Rocktape

ROCKTAPE DOCUnlike traditional athletic tape that binds and doesn't stretch, Rocktape is engineered to mimic the human skin. This stretchiness is the secret behind Rocktape. Rocktape stretches up to 180% of its original length but has amazing 'snap-back' or recovery. This is what gives Rocktape its performance advantage over other tapes.

Rocktape can be used in a variety of ways to achieve different benefits:

When Rocktape is applied with little or no stretch on the tape but lots of stretch on the tissue it causes the skin to form convulsions and wrinkle. This creates a bio-mechanical lifting mechanism that decompresses the tissue just under the skin. It is believed that this decompression and having tape on our skin creates 3 main effects:

Fluid effect: 

By causing decompression the tape promotes a more normal fluid dynamic in the taped area. Swelling is better able to flow out of the area, taking with it toxins which result from inflammation and injury. Also blood has less resistance to enter the area bringing with it more oxygen and nutrients vital for healing and recovery. This fluid effect is probably behind the dramatic improvement in swollen and bruised tissue that is often seen when Rocktape is applied.

Mechanical effect: 

As pressure on the vertical ‘layer cake’ of tissue between skin and bone is reduced more normal slide and glide mechanics between the layers of tissue is restored. It is likely that this is the mechanism that can make someone who can only bend as far as their knees touch their toes in an instant!

Neurological effect: 

A lot of pain generated by movement or muscle contraction is generated by nerve endings in the space between the skin and muscle. As tape decompresses this space there is less pressure on these nerve endings so pressure is reduced or stopped completely at its source. Having elastic tape stuck to your skin is also believed to stimulate receptors within the skin called mechanoreceptors. These receptors play a part in our movement awareness, or what therapists call proprioception. Many therapists believe that one of the main effects of applying Rocktape is to improve our proprioception, which can both decrease pain and improve the way we move.

When Rocktape is applied with more stretch it can be used to support areas where tissue has been strained, torn, weakened or lengthened. By adding more elastic recoil to the taped area, functional stability and tissue ‘snapback’ are enhanced.

What does it do?

The exact mechanisms and pathways through which kinesiology tape works remains uncertain and a matter of debate. More information is available in the 'what is Rocktape' section on Rocktape is commonly used by athletes and health professionals to help with a wide variety of musculo-skeletal and sporting injuries and to achieve the following:

  • Reduce swelling, pain and tightness and stiffness.
  • Delay onset of muscle fatigue and cramp

How does it work?

When applied properly, Rocktape lifts the skin away from the muscle, which promotes positive changes in the body’s fluid, mechanical and neurological systems. Commonly people wearing Rocktape report less pain, swelling and tightness, greater awareness of the area and later onset of fatigue.

The benefits of kinesiology taping:

  • Pain relief: by reducing pressure on pain receptors
  • Reduced swelling: by improving fluid dynamics
  • Posture control: by acting as an elastic reminder
  • Normalises muscle activity

As a result Kinesio tape can also:

  • Delay fatigue
  • Improve proprioception and co-ordination
  • Optimise injury recovery
  • Allow athletes to remain active while injured

What can Rocktape be used for:

Symptom relief for the following:

Pulled muscles and muscle strain


Calf, thigh, groin and hip

Quadriceps (Quad)

Calf (Gastrocnemius and Soleus)

Hip adductors

Iliotibial band (ITB)


Lower body injuries:

Shin splints (MTSS)

Knee pain

Achilles tendon

Knee cap (Patellofemoral joint) pain

Ankle sprain & swelling

Plantar fasciitis (Plantar foot pain)

Upper body:

Lower back

Shoulder blade (Scapula) posture

Sacroiliac joint

Lateral elbow pain (Tennis elbow)

Upper back posture

Medial elbow pain (Golfer's elbow)

Shoulder joint

Carpal tunnel/wrist

RockTape application & prices

Rocktape is an adjunct treatment used in conjunction with Osteopathic or Sports Massage treatments.  

Rocktape is available to buy in 5m rolls, we will then happily apply it for you free of charge as part of your treatment.  

If you would prefer to have us apply our tape to you, a small supplementary charge will be made in addition to your regular treatment fee.

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