You may have seen some athletes with brightly coloured tape on their bodies, what is it? There are a few different types of tape, a popular brand is called Rocktape. As a RMT I have been trained to apply Rocktape when I think it could be beneficial for my client. The tape works by gently lifting the skin, thus changing the nervous system awareness to the area. Studies have shown the skin lift increases blood flow and lymphatic drainage, therefore decreasing swelling. The purpose of placing tape on the skin is to alleviate pain, promote postural awareness, and enhance performance recovery. Rocktape does not restrict movement, it allows for stretch and guides the body into functional motion. It is not the answer for everything, however it can be quite effective for specific cases and it is another tool I use in my massage therapy practice!