As you may be aware if you have been following along, I have really been struggling with my Achilles since early this year. One of the things that has helped keep me running during this time has been Rocktape and Rocksauce. Check out the review, and if it sounds like something for you.. then of course enter the giveaway for two (2) rolls of Rocktape and a Rocktape sweatshirt!
So.. what exactly is Rocktape and Rocksauce? Rocktape is a brand of kinesiology tape designed to assist with the management and treatment of common athletic injuries. But, for a better description of what it is, check out this video:
Rocksauce is your basic Methyl Salicylate cream (20%) which can be applied to sore muscles etc. Kind of like Ben Gay on steroids. What is cool about Rocksauce is that it also doubles as a pre-treatment/cleaner for the skin area prior to applying Rocktape AND you can also apply it directly over your existing Rocktape application and it soaks right through without disturbing the tape.
So, how well does it work? Initially I was a little skeptical. Primarily because my only experience with taping of any sort was the good old ankle taping from my high school football and track days. The goal there was to immobilize and stabilize etc. I poked around at a variety of videos for using kinesiology tape for Achilles Tendinitis (not just Rocktapes videos). It took a little practice to get the application right, and the way I liked it. After the first time I thought.. "this can't work.. I can still move my ankle around easily.. is it really doing anything?" Much to my surprise, with the manner in which the tape was applied, I felt an immediate release of pressure and much less pain at the base of my heel. Huh... pretty cool!
Also, provided I rounded the corners well and followed directions, the tape sticks really well. I can generally go 2-3 days easily on an application, and sometimes longer. Generally I am removing it because I don't need it, versus it coming off by itself.
I started with two rolls, and I am finally just about out. Saving my last bit for my half marathon coming up on Labor Day! But, based on the performance, I am going to restock for sure. You can find Rocktape on Amazon anywhere from $15-$19 a roll. Each roll is 2" by 16.4 feet, so you can get a lot of applications from a roll. Also, they have a lot of very cool designs, so check it out!
Finally, this has nothing to do with the performance of the product, but everything to do with the kind of company Rocktape is. The backing on each roll of Rocktape is loaded with all kinds of workout quips and quotes. Some are funny, some are inspirational, but all kept me entertained at each taping session :-)
Ok... ready to give Rocktape a try?? Thanks to the great folks at Rocktape, you can enter to win two rolls of Rocktape and a cool Rocktape sweatshirt!! You know the drill... gain entries below via the Rafflecopter form. I'll run this contest until Friday August 23rd, 2013 10PM MST. Contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.
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