Opening Up the Thoracic Spine to Unlock Shoulder Function

By Alexander Derlis The shoulder is one of the most complex regions of the body. But before we address shoulder function, let's chat for a minute about the idea of "the body's continuity". Have you ever sought treatment for a specific issue, only to realize you have...

Jumper’s Knee Recovery: Episode 1

by Jeff Kittmer RMT Have you ever felt pain at the base of your knee while jumping or ascending stairs? Or jumping on hard surfaces like a gymnasium or a parquet floor?  Athletes who train and compete in sports that require repetitive jumping or decelerating quickly...

Shin Splints: Feeling the Burn, Not in a Good Way

By Jeff Kittmer RMT Shin splints are one of the most common issues that athletes and weekend warriors encounter. Typically experienced by runners, it also occurs in those who play vigorous sports and start new fitness programs. Shin splints generally range from a...

Pride with Chantal Bouchard and RockTape Canada

by Chantal Bouchard “Whatever our differences, we are all the same” Growing up, I was not the girly girl type. I didn’t like to play with barbies or brush my hair, I preferred Tonka trucks and hanging out with the boys. At school, I was known as the athletic and...

Mobilizing the Working Warrior with RockTape Mobility

by Jeff Kittmer The demands of the working world are increasing at an exponential rate. We live with our phones as a constant companion and our free time seems to be dwindling. We work hard, which usually involves a large amount of time sitting at a desk, in the car,...

Getting Back in the Game – Tips for a Safe Return to Exercise

by Alexander Derlis We’ve all been there before; struggling to maintain consistency in our training. Perhaps you’ve lost the lust for a certain workout modality. Or you’ve gotten sick of having to take several recovery days after each workout. Struggling to solve...

Back Pain* Remedy – Weight of the World on your Back?

By Jeff Kittmer As a registered massage therapist, I see a large number of clients with chronic back pain. The majority are office workers, drivers, or people who spend a lot of time sitting. Their common complaint:  shoulder and neck pain; as well as lower back,...

The “Rules” That Guide Us – Flexibility Within a Framework

by Brad Norris – Clinical Educator We are always hesitant to use the term “rules” when outlining our RockTape taping philosophy. Rules tend to constrain a clinician or movement professional when in fact, when applying tape, we adhere to a more concept driven model....

Taping 101 – Quad Tendon Rupture Recovery

by Brad Norris M.Ed. - Clinical Educator Although we have a “standard” taping strategy for knee pain, any specific taping option is always negotiable. The nuances that we apply to any specific tape application are driven by patient or athlete feedback and clinical...

Movement Matters – Move Well First, Then Move Often, Then Load Regularly

by Brad Norris – Clinical Educator Movement truly matters, but at a time when everyone is looking for convenient fitness options, the default is to simply throw anything and everything at this wonderfully complex neuromuscular system. As athletes, we often fall into...

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thoracic spine mobility - shoulder function

Opening Up the Thoracic Spine to Unlock Shoulder Function

By Alexander Derlis The shoulder is one of the most complex regions of the body. But before we address shoulder function, let's chat for a minute about the idea of "the body's continuity". Have you ever sought treatment for a specific issue, only to realize you have...

read more
basketball - jumper's knee

Jumper’s Knee Recovery: Episode 1

by Jeff Kittmer RMT Have you ever felt pain at the base of your knee while jumping or ascending stairs? Or jumping on hard surfaces like a gymnasium or a parquet floor?  Athletes who train and compete in sports that require repetitive jumping or decelerating quickly...

read more
Shin Splints

Shin Splints: Feeling the Burn, Not in a Good Way

By Jeff Kittmer RMT Shin splints are one of the most common issues that athletes and weekend warriors encounter. Typically experienced by runners, it also occurs in those who play vigorous sports and start new fitness programs. Shin splints generally range from a...

read more
chantal bouchard pride

Pride with Chantal Bouchard and RockTape Canada

by Chantal Bouchard “Whatever our differences, we are all the same” Growing up, I was not the girly girl type. I didn’t like to play with barbies or brush my hair, I preferred Tonka trucks and hanging out with the boys. At school, I was known as the athletic and...

read more
mobilizing the working warrior

Mobilizing the Working Warrior with RockTape Mobility

by Jeff Kittmer The demands of the working world are increasing at an exponential rate. We live with our phones as a constant companion and our free time seems to be dwindling. We work hard, which usually involves a large amount of time sitting at a desk, in the car,...

read more
weight of the world

Back Pain* Remedy – Weight of the World on your Back?

By Jeff Kittmer As a registered massage therapist, I see a large number of clients with chronic back pain. The majority are office workers, drivers, or people who spend a lot of time sitting. Their common complaint:  shoulder and neck pain; as well as lower back,...

read more