Since taking the FMT 1 and 2 courses earlier this year, I have been integrating it into more of my practice, but only when necessary. Here are 5 reasons why I think you should use RockTape (and take the courses) over the competitors.
1) model of updated mechanisms - RockTape
- the model they use to explain mechanisms is in line with the modern manual therapy thinking
- there is no proximal to distal, origin to insertion nonsense, after all, it is just tape on skin
- they talk about subtle lift of skin with movement, studied by real time US, possibly mobilizing superficial fascia
- have a patient who benefits rapidly in pain, function, ROM with IASTM but is not so compliant with their HEP?
- the skin stimulation, perceivable at first, and even after accomodation helps lock in the improvements of those who are not performing their ther ex for homework regularly enough to permanently affect the nervous system
- I am a HUGE fan of the tweak taping technique
- have a patient with lateral epicondylalgia with radial neurodynamic dysfunction?
- IASTM to the radial patterns, then place a small tweak tape along the common extensors to help lock in the mobility improvements
- basically it's using as small pieces of tape possible along a pattern to assist in motion/motor control
- this just saves unnecessary tape = less $$!
- I went over this pre and post tweak taping on this post here with vids!
- whether it's the skin lift and superficial fascial mobilization, or the skin stimulation, painful movements, often even moderate to severe can be modulated with a simple taped pattern
- less or non-painful movement = better motor control and more compliance with an MDT type HEP
- more compliance = crystallized improvement
- you get what you pay for, sure it's more expensive, but it has more elasticity, thus providing more tactile feedback when applied with greater stretch
- the glue is apparently stronger and much more waterproof, even on the standard tape (not the swimmer's version)
- I had a cervical patient taped upper traps and thoracic paraspinals who showered daily, washed her hair every other day, leave it on for 19 days straight, and her husband finally removed it because she was going to a wedding - you can't do that with standard KT Tape (I've tried on myself and on other patients prior to using RockTape)
- try tweak taping a medial arch for an entire marathon as in my patient in #4 and see if it stays on, just sayin'...
So is this a huge plug? You bet it is, I get behind a product and stick with it. If I found a better sticking, cheaper KT tape, I'd use it, but I haven't. Until then, you stay Eclectic!