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Fascial Movement Taping

Over recent years researchers and practitioners alike have been embracing the concept of “movement patterns”, or “fascial trains”, as opposed to the “isolated muscle theory” in the assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of musculoskeletal injuries.

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What is FASCIA?

Fascia is a fibrous conncetive tissue that supports and surrounds muscles and other organs of the body. Fascia is designed to decrease friction between structures and allow free movement to occur.

Fascia is located right throughout our body and serves a number of functions.

Firstly, there is the superficial fascia that seperates underlying muscle from the skin. It functions to insulate the body, protect underlying muscles from physical trauma, and provides a pathway for our nerves, blood vessels and lymphatic vessels to enter and exit a muscle.

Secondly there is the deep fascia, that serves to carry and support the network of blood vessles, lympathic vessels and nerves travelling throughout the body. Deep fascia also works to group and connect muscles with similar functions together. This enables movement patterns to occur through transmitting muscle contractions into joint and total body movements.

For example; fascia connects the muscles on the bottom of our feet, to the backs of our legs, to the gluteal area and upwards to the back and neck. This means that flexing any one group of muscles in this chain (eg: calf muscles) will alter the position and/or tension within all of the muscles it is connected to via the fascia.

 

Anatomy Fascial Train

Thomas Myers, Anatomy Trains (Elsevier 2009)

 

When things go wrong…

Abnormal movements, poor biomechanics and injuries are just some factors that can increase mechanical stressors placed on fascia, muscles and joints. Increased mechanical and tissue stress interferes with normal body movement and function. Excess stress on tissue structures can lead to the development of swelling (oedema) and scar tissue formation (adhesions/fibrosis). Both factors increase the friction between soft tissue structures, and decrease the structure’s ability to move through its full ranges of motion efficiently.  This process is commonly referred to as the Cumulative Injury Cycle (CIC)

The CIC is a self-perpetuating cycle that feeds itself and can worsen the biomechanical problem. For example; swelling in and around a muscle (which may be caused from injury, poor biomechanics etc…) does not allow for free movement of the muscle/s to occur, due to swelling and/or scar tissue. This in turn increases the friction between muscles and fascia, resulting in decreased ranges of movement (eg: tight muscles and fascia). Tight muscles and/or fascia are more susceptible to injury. Injured tissue results in swelling… and so the cycle continues.

Some of the signs that may present when there is a interference in the body’s movement trains are;

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Muscle Fatigue
  • Poor Balance

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How can Rocktape help?

Due to its elastic properties, Rocktape lifts the skin away from the underlying fascia that contains blood vessels, lymphatic vessels and nerves. This in turn can help restore normal blood/lymph flow in and out of tissues, and can also decrease the friction experienced between soft tissue structures.  Dr. Steven Capobianco & Gren van den Dries in PowerTaping (2009) 2nd Edition

Unlike traditional athletic tape that binds and doesn’t stretch, ROCKTAPE is engineered to mimic the human skin. This stretchiness is the secret behind ROCKTAPE. ROCKTAPE stretches up to 190% of its original length but has amazing ‘snap-back’ or recovery. This is what gives ROCKTAPE its performance advantage over other tapes.

To achieve this, we introduce a special weave into the cotton when the tape is woven. This weave means the tape will stretch in only one direction and the tension of the weave is engineered to mimic the same elasticity as skin. Together, these properties create what we call a “Bio-Mechanical Lifting Mechanism”. This simply means that the tape can lift the skin away from the soft tissue underneath the skin. This lifting capability is what promotes blood flow and lymphatic drainage.

ROCKTAPE can also be used to stabilise muscles and joints that have been sprained or strained. Unlike braces and sleeves that constrain and reduce blood flow, ROCKTAPE can provide support and stability while increasing blood flow. Thus, the tape’s capabilities make it well suited to the repair of localised muscle groups.

 

(above is a direct quote from http://rocktape.com.au/how-it-works/more-detailed-information/)

 

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Forster Tuncurry Sports Podiatry chooses to use Rocktape for our PowerTaping applications

 

 

 

 

The above information is for informative purposes only and should not be used as a diagnostic and/or treatment tool. If you would like more information regarding the application of Rocktape for treatment and/or performance contact Forster Tuncurry Sports Podiatry for a consultation. Application of any sports tapes (conventional and/or PowerTapes) without the appropriate advice by your health practitioner may lead to injury.

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