Strapping is a treatment technique that gives support to injured joints and muscles, therefore allowing a quicker recovery and return to normal activities or sport.

Rocktape is useful for the following conditions:

  • Swelling, for example:
    • Ankle sprain
    • Post-surgery
    • After removal of lymph nodes (such as in some breast cancer surgeries)
    • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Damaged/torn ligaments, tendons or muscles that need extra support
  • Offload muscles or tendons that are being overworked (such as in tennis elbow or golfers elbow)
  • Improve posture by making you more aware of your body position (which is helpful if you have neck or shoulder pain after long periods of sitting at a computer)
  • To improve muscle performance during sports
  • Painful joints or muscles

Rigid taping is useful for:

  • If you have recently damaged ligaments and require firm support
  • To restrict movement at a joint
  • To prevent ligament or muscle damage
  • Reduce swelling

The main difference between Rocktape and rigid tape is the amount of stretch the tape has. Rocktape is a heat activated tape that stretches up to 180% and allows full normal movement at the joint. Rigid tape is much firmer and allows only a small amount of stretch, therefore is better in the immediate treatment of an injury as it restricts movement and provides support to prevent more damage from occurring.

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One of our physiotherapists taping a patient's shoulder