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
- 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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