Many years ago, when I first got heavily into fitness (natural bodybuilding), I started experiencing serious knee pain. I mean, this pain was so debilitating at times that it hurt to put any pressure on it. After seeing an ortho doc, I found out I had chondromalacia patella- deterioration of cartilage under my knee cap, and was sent to physical therapy.
As it turned out, one of my feet had been pronating, and strengthening my hip muscles helped correct this, and in turn helped ease the knee pain. I was prescribed a two-part knee brace, which I managed to wear for a little over a week. Not only was it extraordinarily annoying, but it actually hindered me when working out.
The physical therapist then showed me a few different ways of taping my knee. At first, I was skeptical, because it did NOT involve wrapping tape all the way around, like a brace. I couldn’t understand how this could possibly work- but it DID. The tape actually has stretch, so you can pull it while applying, and it will offer some support.
One method that was shown to me involved a single piece of tape just above my knee for just light daily wear, if I wasn’t going to be doing much. The other methods were more involved patterns for when I was at the gym.
I was given a small roll of cheap kinesiology tape, but it didn’t stay on very well toward the end of my workout, especially with heavy sweating. But, it was free, and it was better than a giant brace! I eventually bought a roll, but it was kind of “scratchy” and made me itch. Nevertheless, I wasn’t hurting as bad, so I tolerated it.
I’ve been on quite a hiatus, and after a stroke, sciatica, and two emergency surgeries, have finally started working out and eating right again. The problem is, since I’ve been away from the gym, my hip muscles lost strength, and my knee has started hurting a bit again. The opportunity to try Rock Tape from Pro 2 Medical couldn’t have come at a more perfect time!
When I first opened the package, I noticed a pamphlet that illustrates and explains various taping methods- so if you’re a newbie, no worries. Rock Tape from Pro2 Medical can also be used for decompression as well as compression, and this is also explained and illustrated.
The various inspirational messages on the adhesive backing were also a nice touch. My favorites were “Pain is nothing compared to what it feels like to quit,” “The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire,” and “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” I could almost hear “Eye of the Tiger” from the Rocky movies playing in my head…lol!
The best part? I no longer have to tolerate inferior tape! Rock Tape is made of a soft, light fabric that is far from scratchy. Since it’s been so long since I’ve done this, I got the tape a bit off from where it was supposed to be, but it still made a difference. It has a really good stretch, but not so much so that it’s weak.
The Rock Tape is supposed to be waterproof and last up to five days- I would have to say that’s true! I’m not like most women- I don’t “glisten.” I SWEAT. A LOT. The Rock Tape lasted through my run and workout. No problems in the shower, either. The next day, it had barely started peeling away from my skin at two of the corners. Again, it lasted through my workout. Finally, on the third night, I had to take it off because I really needed to shave…lol! You definitely need to peel slowly so it doesn’t hurt coming off, but I had no problems.
The service provided by Pro2 Medical was outstanding. In regards to communication, they are very responsive, friendly, and helpful. I received the package lightning fast- it only took about two days. Overall, when you combine a great product with fantastic service, you just can’t go wrong!
Pro2 Medical has various sizes of Rock Tape available, and it also comes in multiple colors and designs, I found several that I want…lol! The 16.4” x 2” roll I got is on sale right now for just $14.85. You can get it at Pro2 Medical by clicking here.