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Rock Sauce Topical Analgesic made for Kinesiology TapeIf you’ve ever been frustrated about having to remove your kinesiology tape to apply liniment or other topical analgesics, fret no more. Just get yourself a bottle of Rock Sauce, the brand new topical analgesic designed to work with kinesiology tape. Just in case you missed the connection, RockSauce is a creation of the innovative thinkers at the RockTape company. It’s equally effective, whether applied directly to the skin or on top of a kinesiology tape application.

The active ingredients in Rock Sauce include 20% methyl salicylate, 10% menthol and .3% capsicum – the maximum amount of these ingredients allowed in non-prescription, over-the-counter products. It was also carefully formulated to comply with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) guidelines, making it both safe and effective for athletes of the highest caliber.

Ryan Beckwith uses RockTapeIt is already receiving rave reviews from RockTape’s sponsored athletes, including 2012 Olympic decathlon hopeful, Ryan Beckwith. “After a big block of training, I use Rock Sauce and RockTape to help relieve the aches and pains that sometime develop. Rock Sauce really helps take the edge off of the soreness,” says Beckwith. “I’ve used a lot of different pain relievers over the years and Rock Sauce is one of the best out there. When I combine it with RockTape, my recovery time decreases a lot which helps me get ready for my next block of training.”

Rock Sauce comes an easy-to-absorb lotion. After rubbing it in, the first sensation is that of coolness, followed by an increasing warmth that quickly penetrates deep into aching or fatigued muscles. Depending on your sensitivity, you may think it should have been named “Hot Sauce,” as it is said to be approximately 20% more intense than other topical analgesics. What else would expect from the Rock Stars at RockTape?

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KT Tape Kinesiology TapeKT Tape was featured on the popular Tennis Channel program, Fit to Hit, during the summer. The show featured the lead physical therapist and athletic trainer for the ATP, Clay Sniteman. Sniteman uses KT Tape on tennis pros to relieve pain, reduce swelling and accelerate healing from their injuries. Tennis pros love it because it allows them to continue training and competing as they recover from such injuries as tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, wrist strain, knee pain and more. The elastic properties of kinesiology tape allow it to provide support for an injured or overused area without restricting movement, a critical feature for tennis players who need to access their full arsenal of moves during tournament play.

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RockTape Kinesiology TapeDepending on the taping method used, RockTape kinesiology tape can be used either therapeutically or to enhance athletic performance. When the Rock Tape PowerTaping protocol is used, athletic performance benefits can be significant for athletes participating in endurance events. Delayed onset of fatigue and greater endurance result from improved blood flow to working muscles,  better removal of lactic acid and enhanced muscle activation, which improves efficiency of movement. This makes it a high-demand item at endurance events such as marathons and triathlons.

The following video clip aired on Great Day SA, a daily news show on KENS5 in San Antonio, two days before San Antonio’s famous Rock ‘N Roll Marathon. Watch below as sports physician and professional athlete, Dr. Judy Stavely, discusses the benefits of RockTape …

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Airrosti KT TapeI wrote a detailed post back in May about the Airrosti (Applied Integration for the Rapid Recovery of Soft Tissue Injuries) method for treating soft tissue injuries and their use of kinesiology tape. At the time I noted that my Airrosti provider had a supply of three of the four major brands of kinesiology tape. I’m now pleased to announce that they have added the highly-respected KT Tape (Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape) to their arsenal – in fact, they recently contracted with KT Tape to produce a private-label tape with the Airrosti logo on it. Since I’m currently undergoing Airrosti treatment again (this time for a high hamstring strain), I thought this would be a good time to revisit the topic of fascial manipulation and why kinesiology taping is such a complementary modality.

Airrosti is a form of “manual therapy” that involves hands-on manipulation of the fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds and connects all body tissues. Fascia can become tightened, twisted or distorted as a result of trauma or overuse, leading to pain and loss of mobility. The only way to correct these fascial issues is through direct manipulation. If that sounds like it might be painful, you’re right. The only way to reach and affect fascia is through deep (and I mean DEEP) manipulation of those tissues. Airrosti therapists do this by pressing deep into the constricted tissue with their thumbs.

In my most recent injury, Dr. Schmedding, my Airrosti provider, performed this procedure along the entire length of my hamstrings as well as some of my adductors, beginning at the knee and ending on the ischeal tuberosity (sitting bone). Although it was extremely uncomfortable at times, past experience taught me that this was a“good” kind of pain, associated with the release of tissues to a healthier state. I could actually feel the change in resistance in my tissues as Dr. Schmedding “released” one area after another. And, despite the discomfort I endured during the session, I walked out virtually pain-free, a major improvement over my condition only an hour earlier.

Airrosti ITB TapingI also walked out with several colorful strips of KT Tape extending from my gluteal area all the way down to my calf. (The image shows my earlier IT Band taping.) KT Tape is an ideal companion to Airrosti because of its ability to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and reduce bruising. It also provides structural support without restricting range of motion, an important feature for injured athletes. I’m pleased to say the reduction of pain and inflammation was evident immediately in my painful hamstring. The prevention of bruising was not quite as complete, but what the heck, the KT Tape covered most of it anyway!

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KT Tape Team Colors Kinesiology TapeJust in time for holiday gift giving, KT Tape is launching a new line in their Kinesiology Tape Precut Strips category. Aptly named KT Tape Team Colors, the 9 new colors can be combined to match the colors for most professional, amateur and school sports teams. As Theratape.com says, “Now you can support your muscles AND your team at the same time!”

KT Tape is conveniently packaged in rolls of 20 precut strips. Simply tear off a strip, remove the backing and apply according to the instructions included in every package. Because most applications use two strips, it’s easy to create your team colors by using one strip of each color.

The new colors include burgundy, forest green, gold, grey, light blue, navy, orange, purple, white and a completely off-the-wall camo pattern (not sure which team wears camo, but I don’t think I’d like to compete against them!) KT Tape is also available in the more traditional kinesiology tape colors of beige, black, green, red, pink and royal blue. In addition to the single rolls of precut strips, KT Tape also comes in classic uncut rolls in both single and bulk sizes.

KT Tape Team Colors Promotional Coupon

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Kinesiology tape can be applied in different ways to achieve different results. By manipulating the amount of stretch in the muscle and/or the amount of stretch in the tape, a kinesiology taping application can provide pain relief, lymphatic drainage or structural support. When pain relief is the desired objective, the rule of thumb is to stretch the muscle, not the tape. This is accomplished by holding the target muscle group in a position of maximal stretch (within pain tolerance) as the tape is applied with no stretch.

The SpiderTech Tape company has produced a series of three educational videos in conjunction with the launch of their new product, SpiderTech PowerStrips – precut kinesiology tape strips in X, Y and I configurations. The following video demonstrates how to create a neurosensory (pain relief) application, using Spider Tech Power Strips.

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Kinesiology tape can be applied in different ways to achieve different benefits. One of the main taping techniques is to provide structural support for weak or injured muscles or joints. Because of its elasticity, kinesiology taping is not suitable to provide rigid support for a severe injury or to stabilize an unstable joint. It can, however, be used very effectively to prevent potentially harmful ranges of motion or to improve static or dynamic postures.

The following video was produced by the makers of SpiderTech Tape, to explain and demonstrate how kinesiology tape can be used to provide structural support for a muscle group or joint.

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Kinesiology tape can be applied in different ways to achieve different results. The experts at SpiderTech define three main taping techniques:

  • Neurosensory – to relieve acute or chronic pain
  • Microcirculatory – to reduce swelling and bruising by enhancing lymphatic drainage
  • Structural – to support injured areas and encourage proper postural and movement patterns

Each of these techniques requires a different combination of two factors:

  1. The amount of stretch in the affected muscle or muscle group
  2. The amount of stretch in the tape as it is applied

Following are general guidelines for each of the three taping techniques:

  1. Neurosensory – stretch the muscle, not the tape
  2. Structural – stretch the tape, not the muscle
  3. Microcirculatory – stretch the muscle and the tape

SpiderTech is a kinesiology tape manufacturer specializing in precut applications and precut strips. Their SpiderTech PowerStrips Precut X, Y and I Strips are precut applications already cut in the most popular X, Y and I formats. Using the Powerstrips to demonstrate, Spider Tech has produced this video that explains the difference between a neurosensory application and a structural application for the shoulder.

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RockTape Cycling ChampionWhen it comes to kinesiology taping for athletic performance enhancement, RockTape leads the field. And, if podium results are any indication, RockTape’s cutting-edge PowerTaping protocol could become part of the pre-competition preparation of all champion athletes.

So far this year, Rock Tape athletes have reached the podium over 75 times and have amassed a total of 17 National Titles. Much of RockTape’s initial success was in cycling, but as the following list demonstrates, athletes in any sport can benefit from both PowerTaping for performance enhancement and/or therapeutic taping for injuries.

RockTape Champion Athletes

Professional Women’s Cycling

Mara Abbott – 1st, 2010 US Nat’l Road Racing Championship; 1st, Giro Donne

Megan Guarnier – 1st, 2010 Tour de Nez

Kaitie Antonneau – 1st, 2010 US Collegiate National Track Championship, Omnium; 2nd, 2010 US Jr National Road Championships

Sinead Miller – 1st, U23 2010 US Road National Championship; 1st, U23 2010 US National Time Trial Championship

Olivia Dillon – 1st, Irish National Championship

Ruth Winder, Cari Higgins, Hanan Alves-Hyde – 1st, 2010 US National Elite Track Championship, Team Pursuit

Cari Higgins – 2010 US National Elite Track Championship: 1st 500m; 2nd Omnium; 3rd Points Race

Hanan Alves-Hyde – 2010 US National Elite Track Championship: 2nd, Points Race; 4th Omnium

Beth Newell – 4th, 2010 US National Elite Track Championship, Scratch Race

Professional Men’s Cycling

ian-moir-rocktape-cycling-champDaniel Holloway – 1st, 2010 U.S. Professional Criterium Championship, Gateway cup winner

Jackson Stewart – 2nd, Tour de Beauce, Stage 6

Tejay Van Garderen – 2nd, Tour of Turkey

Ian Moir – 1st, 2010 US Elite National Track Championship, Madison

Junior Cycling

Coryn Rivera – US Jr. Road National Championship: 1st, TT; 1st, Road; 1st, Crit; US Jr. Track National Championship: 1st, Keirin; 1st, Points; 1st, Sprint; 1st, Team Sprint; 3rd, Junior World Track and Road Championships

Daniel Farinha – 2nd, 2010 US Jr. National Championship, Madison

Ruth Winder – US Jr. National Championship: 1st, Flying TT; 3rd, Team Sprint; 2nd, Scratch; 2nd, Points

John Tomlinson – US Jr. National Championship: 2nd, Flying TT; 2nd, Points

Philip OʼDonnell – US Jr. National Road Championship: 1st, Road; 1st Crit; 2nd TT

Triathlon

Suzy McCulloch – 1st, 2010 Diamondman Half Ironman

Cogen Nelson – qualified at US Triathlon Nationals to represent Team USA in Beijing

Badminton

Derrick Ng – 2nd, 2010 Canadian Championship, U23

Inline Skating

Wouter Hebbrecht – 1st, 2009 World Championship Inline Speed Skating

As word spreads, more successful athletes are choosing to become RockTape athletes. The most recent addition is

2012 decathlon hopeful, Ryan Beckwith. a former CIF 4x100m relay champion who runs the 100m in 10.48 and vaults a 17ʼ5”.

Spider Tech Power Strips Precut Kinesiology Tape StripsAs the popularity of kinesiology taping grows, so does the array of kinesiology tape products on the market. One of the companies at the front of this therapeutic wave is SpiderTech. Best known for their collection of 16 precut kinesiology tape applications for different body parts, Spider Tech is continuing to introduce new and exciting kinesiology taping products. Their newest product, SpiderTech PowerStrips, rounds out their product line that previously consisted of rolls and precut applications.

Precut X, Y and I Kinesiology Tape Strips

PowerStrips are ready-to-apply strips of kinesiology tape, already cut into the three most common taping configurations – the X Strip, Y Strip and I Strip. These precut kinesio strips can be used individually, in combination with each other, or in combination with any of SpiderTech’s other precut applications.

Spider Tech PowerStrips

These kinesio precut strips bridge the gap between rolls and precut applications. The backing is perforated and divided into sections that are numbered for easy application. The machine cut edges and rounded corners reduce fraying and rolling that can occur with hand-cut strips. Smaller and significantly less expensive  than body part applications, PowerStrips are both convenient and cost effective.

SpiderTech PowerStrips are available to both health professionals and consumers at Theratape.com, along with a complete line of other kinesiology taping brands and products.

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