Putting on the Stripes to Ease Pain

Putting on the Stripes to Ease PainBy LAURA JOHANNES / The Wall Street Journal Bright-colored strips of tape in odd patterns are increasingly being seen on professional and recreational athletes. Kinesiology tape can help take pressure off overused muscles, reduce swelling and alleviate pain from injuries, say companies that sell it. Scientific evidence is mixed, but clinicians say it seems to work—at least in the short term. Kinesiology taping, developed in the 1970s by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase, came to the U.S. in the mid-1990s. Now, a number of companies are competing with the tape created by Dr. Kase, called Kinesio Tex Tape. While the tape is sold by Kinesio Holding Co. only to clinicians, such as physical therapists and chiropractors, some of the newer brands are being marketed to consumers, with application instructions included on the package and on Web videos. (Kinesio Holding is an Albuquerque, N.M., company owned by Dr. Kase's daughter, Tomoko Kase.) Unlike standard athletic taping, which often involves wrapping a joint for support and compression, kinesiology tape is placed in a variety of patterns depending on the injury, says Graceann Forrester, a Cortland, N.Y., physical therapist who instructs clinicians on how to use the tape. It is pulled to differing degrees of tension to create the desired effect and is typically worn for two to five days, unlike standard tape, which is used mainly during an activity...Read More

Putting on the Stripes to Ease Pain

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Vetkin Medical Taping Concept Kinesiology Taping For Horses

$99.99

The MTC Kinesiology Taping For Horses by Academy of Equine Therapy equine physiotherapist Renate Ettl is an comprehensive manual that covers the theory and practical applications of the Muscular Taping Concept style of taping. This book has clear photographic illustrations and all of the step-by-step instructions you\'ll need for equine kinesiology taping. It starts with a beginner\'s guide to kinesiology taping including skin prep, tape cuts, and application techniques. It progresses into basic applications, injury appraisal, and clinical equine taping applications. Each section includes detailed charts, helpful tips, and warnings regarding common mistakes. MTC Kinesiology Taping For Horses is nearly 200 pages of densely packed information prepared to to teach you from scratch or hone your existing knowledge. 


MTC focuses on stimulating regeneration and self-healing in muscles, joints, organs, and the neurological/circulatory systems without restricting freedom of movement in any way. The Medical Taping Concept works specifically to combat pain, itching, and swelling and provides support to muscles and joints while allowing full range of movement and minimizing irritation. There is a general section detailing common tape cuts and applications with their uses, but the majority of this book is dedicated to the in-depth illustrations and step-by-step instructions for specific therapeutic and preventative applications.

RockBalls Infinity... RockBalls Infinity...
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RockBalls Infinity Dual-Action Fused Massage Balls

$19.00 $21.00

Got painful hotspots or trigger points? RockBalls are a great way to perform self myofascial release with pinpoint accuracy. The mesh carrying bag includes a 3.5" spikey ball, a 2.5" smooth ball and an instruction book showing release locations for trigger points plus mobility exercises. The 2 different surfaces give you two different tools to break through tough tissues. Also included with every RockBalls kit is a Movement Manifesto booklet, featuring a multitude of corrective exercises and tissue release techniques.



    • Easy to use - just roll or press on trigger points, hot spots, tight or spasmed muscles to release spasms, tightness, scar tissue

    • Contains 2 PVC rubber myofascial release balls - one 3.5" textured (spiky) ball and one 2.5" smooth ball

    • Includes RockTape Movement Manifesto booklet with corrective exercises and tissue release techniques

    • Convenient and portable - keep one set at home and one in your gym bag

RockBalls by RockTape RockBalls by RockTape
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RockBalls - Myofascial Release Balls

$18.00 $20.00

Got painful hotspots or trigger points? RockBalls are a great way to perform self myofascial release with pinpoint accuracy. The mesh carrying bag includes a 3.5" spikey ball, a 2.5" smooth ball and an instruction book showing release locations for trigger points plus mobility exercises. The 2 different surfaces give you two different tools to break through tough tissues. Also included with every RockBalls kit is a Movement Manifesto booklet, featuring a multitude of corrective exercises and tissue release techniques.



  • Easy to use - just roll or press on trigger points, hot spots, tight or spasmed muscles to release spasms, tightness, scar tissue

  • Contains 2 PVC rubber myofascial release balls - one 3.5" textured (spiky) ball and one 2.5" smooth ball

  • Includes RockTape Movement Manifesto booklet with corrective exercises and tissue release techniques

  • Convenient and portable - keep one set at home and one in your gym bag

Kinesio Tex Gold FP 1" Rolls
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Kinesio Tex Gold FP 1" Rolls (2-Pack)

$13.99 $14.99

Kinesio Tex Gold FP provides major advances in quality, comfort, grip, stimulation and adhesion. FP stands for FingerPrint Technology, the new, patented adhesive pattern that resembles the swirls on our fingertips. Combined with a higher quality cotton and upgraded weave process, this advanced KinesioTape offers greater comfort, longer wear and enhanced therapeutic benefits.


These narrower 1" wide rolls are ideal for infants and children or smaller body part such as the hand, foot, fingers, toes and face. Made from the new Kinesio Tex Gold FP Tape these rolls are 1 inch wide (half the width of standard 2" tape) and 16.4 feet long. This narrow width can be used to create lymphatic fan or web patterns with less cutting than regular tape, It can also be used for support or corrective applications on the hands, feet or face.


* Each box contains two rolls, 1" x 16.4\'.

Rocktape Assassins Knee Protection Pads Red Camo Rocktape Assassins Knee Protection Pads Red Camo
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RockTape Assassins Knee Sleeves

$45.00 $70.00

One of the most important components of lifting is maintaining knee stability. The heavier the lift, the more strain the knees and quadriceps undergo. If your knees hurt when you lift or you have trouble stabilizing them, RockTape\'s Assassins could become your new best workout buddy.

Assassins are designed to provide compression, warmth and lateral stability when performing functional movements such as dead lifts, pistols and squats. Unlike other supports, they are extra tall and designed to compress the vastus medialis oblique (VMO) at its insertion point above the patella (kneecap) to help ensure proper stability and tracking. Assassins also provide compression and warmth to promote blood flow to the knees and surround musculature.

Assassins are sold in pairs and come in 2 thicknesses (5mm and 7mm), 5 sizes (XS - XL)

  • SBR Neoprene front protection and 4-way stretch lycra side panels
  • Double Mauser Stitching - the latest in stitching technology, which greatly enhances durability
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Kinesio Performance Plus Pink From Side Kinesio Performance Plus Pink From Side
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Kinesio Tex Performance+ 2" Single Rolls

$15.99 $19.99

Kinesio Tex Performance+ is an exciting new twist on Kinesio\'s tried and true line of kinesiology tapes. Performance Plus Tape combines the best features of Kinesio Tex Classic and Kinesio Tex Gold FP to create the perfect kinesiology tape for everyday use. While Gold FP targets surface tissue and Kinesio Tex Classic targets deeper muscles, Kinesio Tex Performance+ meets in the middle to provide support and pressure relief for the fascia and muscles between these two layers. Using a unique 50/50 cotton/polyester blend, a snowflake style, and Kinesio\'s patented wave adhesive pattern, Performance+ tape provides the deep muscle support you need and the shallow muscle/skin decompression your muscles with thank you for! 

Each roll comes pre-wound on a sturdy plastic dispensing spool that protects your tape wherever you take it and the side port lets you unwind and rewind it without ever having to take the tape out! Each  2" x 16.4\' roll provides an average of 8-12 applications.

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