Synergistic Healing: The Therapeutic Duo of Active Release Techniques® Treatment and RockTape® Kinesiology Tape

Managing pain and movement dysfunction can be a real challenge, but the combination of effective therapeutic techniques can make all the difference in achieving the best possible outcome. Active Release Techniques (ART®) and RockTape Kinesiology Tape are two methods that have become increasingly popular among healthcare professionals and athletes alike. These modalities offer unique benefits when used individually, but when combined, they create a powerful synergy that enhances therapeutic outcomes. In this article, we delve into how ART treatment and RockTape taping complement each other, providing a comprehensive approach to pain relief and improved movement functionality.

Active Release Techniques

Active Release Techniques, developed by Dr. Michael Leahy, is one of the leading manual therapy approaches today, designed to treat soft-tissue injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. It focuses on identifying and resolving adhesions and restrictions within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. ART employs a proprietary combination of precise hand movements, tension, and patient movement to improve tissue dynamics, alleviate pain and restore proper function.


ART’s Benefits:

  1. Enhanced Tissue Mobility: By specifically targeting areas of fibrous adhesions, ART treatment helps restore the mobility and elasticity of soft tissues. This promotes improved range of motion and flexibility, reducing restrictions that contribute to pain and dysfunction.
  2. Pain Relief: Adhesions and scar tissue can lead to chronic pain and discomfort. ART treatment aims to relieve these symptoms by releasing tension in affected tissues, reducing inflammation, and alleviating nerve impingement. By addressing the underlying cause of pain, ART provides lasting relief.
  3. Improved Functionality: Restricted or dysfunctional soft tissues can impair normal movement patterns. ART treatment helps optimize muscular function, promoting efficient movement and reducing the risk of compensatory injuries. This is particularly beneficial for athletes and individuals seeking to improve performance or recover from sports- or job-related injuries.


RockTape Kinesiology Tape

RockTape Kinesiology Tape is a specialized adhesive tape designed to provide support, stability, and pain relief while allowing for full range of motion. Its unique elastic properties mimic the flexibility and stretch of human skin, making it an ideal therapeutic tool. RockTape enhances the body’s natural healing processes and augments the benefits of other manual therapies, including ART treatments.


RockTape’s Benefits:

  1. Proprioceptive Hug: The tape’s application techniques create a proprioceptive feedback loop, offering support to tissues, tendons, and joints. This support helps reduce excessive movement or stress on injured tissues while facilitating proper biomechanical alignment. RockTape acts as an external support system, promoting stability and preventing further injury.
  2. Pain Modulation: RockTape’s application stimulates the sensory receptors in the skin, producing a sensory input that competes with pain signals. This sensory stimulation can help alleviate pain by overriding the brain’s perception of discomfort, resulting in a pain- modulating effect.
  3. Enhanced Recovery: The tape’s unique properties improve blood and lymphatic circulation, promoting the removal of metabolic waste products and reducing swelling. By enhancing the body’s natural healing processes, RockTape expedites recovery and facilitates tissue repair.


Achieving Synergistic Integration

When used in combination, ART treatments and RockTape offer a holistic approach to pain management and movement dysfunction. In trials, 96% of individuals receiving ART treatment reported that the application of RockTape following treatment improved their symptoms more than ART treatment alone, with more than half reporting “significant [additional] improvement.” By employing ART treatment to address the underlying soft tissue restrictions and adhesions and applying RockTape strategically to extend the benefits of the treatment for 3-5 days, the therapeutic benefits of both modalities are maximized.


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Dr. Steve Capobianco DC, DACRB, CCSP, CSCS is the Medical Director at RockTape. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in addition to a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. Dr. Capobianco is a practicing sports chiropractor, currently holding a Diplomate in Rehab from the ACA, in addition he is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, and a Performance Enhancement Specialists from the NASM. He is a certified in Active Release and Graston Technique provider that allows him to treat a myriad of musculoskeletal injuries using a combination of hand and tool release therapy.