Is K-Tape Right for You?

Here at Cumberland Chiropractic we use many different modalities to get you better faster. One of the modalities we use is RockTape™, also known as Kinesio tape or K-tape. You have likely seen athletes on TV or people around town wearing this tape, but what is it and how can it help you?


RockTape, our preferred brand of K-Tape, is a stretchy tape that we use in a variety of applications. Some of the more common applications include posture improvement, reduction in low back pain, and stabilization of joints. Some of the thoughts surrounding K-tape is that it lifts the skin, increases blood and lymphatic flow, and helps with proprioceptive feedback.


Posture Improvement

After a thorough assessment of your posture, our doctors may decide to use RockTape as a tool to help you improve your posture. For example, if the doctor determines that you slouch forward too often, he may apply some tape to the upper back to help you sit up straighter. While the tape itself isn’t pulling you upright, its serving as a constant reminder to sit up straight on your own, helping to create a lasting habit.


Low Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most common conditions we treat at Cumberland Chiropractic, and RockTape is an adjunctive therapy that we will sometimes use. Studies show that RockTape can help to reduce the pain in your low back, as well as guide you into more efficient and safer ways of movement as your low back injury heals.


Joint Stabilization

Sometimes, especially after injury, a joint can become unstable. RockTape is a great tool that we may use on the journey of restabilizing a joint. For example, a shoulder injury can make the joint feel unstable, so the doctor may apply tape to the area as a guide to remind the body which ranges of motion are safe as you use your prescribed exercises to help strengthen and stabilize the joint on your own.


If you have more questions or want to see if RockTape could help you, contact Cumberland Chiropractic and Sports Medicine or request an appointment online.