Meet a RockTape Chiro: Dr. Karen Liu, DC, L.Ac

Meet a RockTape Chiro: Dr. Karen Liu, DC, L.Ac

Why did you get into chiropractic? I always wanted to be a doctor and help people. I found chiropractic in college and instantly fell in love with its abilities to heal people naturally and effectively. Best part now is I can take my work anywhere in the world with me and I genuinely love what I do! Tell us about your practice. Where, and what do you specialize in? I’m in private practice in Santa Monica, California. I am a chiropractor as well as a licensed acupuncturist, so I really try to blend the latest technology and research with the five thousand years of teachings of Chinese medicine. I’m currently specializing in sports medicine, pain management and stress reduction. But I’m always curious and learning about other things as well, I think it’s my responsibility as a doctor to stay up-to-date and grow with the field. Outside of the office I work as a RockTape Doc at most major CrossFit competitions in California and I’m one of Team USA’s doctors for beach volleyball. What was your first experience with RockTape? The first time I used RockTape was in the sports medicine tents of the Wildflower Triathlon during my chiropractic internship. I was amazed that this tape worked so well on the athletes through their bikes, runs, and swims. I later reconnected with RockTape at the Southern California CrossFit regionals in 2013 and went on to work every CrossFit regionals (southern California and northern California) and games since then! How do you use RockTape in your practice? I use RockTape with any and all of my patients! It’s in my...
Meet Team RockTape: Teen CrossFit Superstar Ashleigh Wosny

Meet Team RockTape: Teen CrossFit Superstar Ashleigh Wosny

RockTape:  Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in CrossFit. Ashleigh:  I started CrossFit about two years ago. My main sport was soccer and I played at a national level. My Dad had me start CrossFit to gain muscle going into the upcoming season. Ever since then I’ve been hooked and never looked back. RockTape:  What are your goals for the 2016 Season? Ashleigh:  My goals for the 2016 season is to just become a better athlete. During this year I plan to make my biggest weaknesses my biggest strengths. RockTape:  What’s your most loved AND most hated movement / workout / exercise? Ashleigh:  My most loved movement is anything with a heavy barbell. My least favorite movement would have to be anything that has running in it…Anyways, who really likes running? RockTape:  How does RockTape help you meet your goals in CrossFit? Ashleigh:  Before I implemented RockTape products into my recovering process, I never really did anything. I was sore all the time and injuries were popping up left and right. Since using RockTape products, I feel like a new person. My training has immensely improved, I’m able to “Go stronger longer,” and stay injury-free of course! RockTape:  What is your favorite RockTape product / tape pattern? Ashleigh:  My favorite RockTape product is definitely the RockSauce. It’s the most powerful muscle relief I’ve ever used. Whenever I have an ache or pain, my favorite thing to do is put RockSauce on the area and cover it with RockTape. RockTape:  Who is your fitness role model / whom would you most like to meet in...
RockTape and UHC: Kinesiology tape for cycling recovery and performance

RockTape and UHC: Kinesiology tape for cycling recovery and performance

We reached out to the UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling team to get their thoughts on RockTape Kinesiology Tape. Check them out below! When did you first begin using kinesiology tape and how were you introduced to it?  Linda Villumsen: Back in 2007 when racing a world cup in Germany, I had a bad crash resulting in a heap of injuries, including a broken wrist and a badly injured knee. I went through a couple of real hard months debating whether I would ever ride again because I suffered from swelling around the knee. My team doctor advised me to try kinesiology tape and at first I was very skeptical, but I was proved wrong, and I have used kinesiology tape in just about every race ever since then. Cari Higgins: I was lucky enough to come into contact with RockTape when it was a baby company, maybe months old. Unfortunately, it was because I had a nasty crash on the Velodrome in San Jose, CA.  My hip was majorly swollen and puffy the next day, but I still wanted to race. I ran into the founder of RockTape, because his daughter was racing, and he convinced me to try out the tape in a spiderweb fashion to reduce the swelling. The results were pretty amazing and you could tell exactly where the tape had been applied and where the spots I missed. I was sold. Danny Summerhill: I used kinesiology tape for the first time in 2007. I got tendinitis in my knee while doing base miles early in the season, and as it was my first ever time with a knee problem,...
The “0%” – Kinesiology Tape Doesn’t Make You Stronger

The “0%” – Kinesiology Tape Doesn’t Make You Stronger

0%. Null. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. The September 2015 issue of Men’s Health proclaimed this is the amount of “measurable change in people’s strength when they lifted weights” while wearing kinesiology tape.[1] We’ve been telling people the same thing since the first Fascial Movement Taping course we ever taught, so this is hardly news to RockTape or to the thousands of people who’ve been trained by us. This latest revelation from Men’s Health is attributed to the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. We can only assume they’re talking about Csapo and Alegre’s paper that was published in that journal in 2014.[2] The paper concludes that the best evidence seems to point to the fact that putting kinesiology tape on doesn’t make you magically stronger. And we agree. Traditionally, it was thought and taught by other groups that depending on which direction you apply kinesiology tape you can strengthen or weaken muscles. Very complicated approaches using elaborate tape applications were founded on this idea. These approaches still get taught by some people today, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Several studies, like the one mentioned earlier, do not lend support to the idea that tape can be used to strengthen and weaken muscles. This is actually great news that RockTape embraced early on because it frees people to use our tape without having to fuss over which direction and “over which muscles” to apply it. That makes it faster and easier to apply, so what’s not to like? So, we hate to burst anyone’s bubble, but Men’s Health and the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport are...

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