RockTape™: Sprained Ankle
One of the most common questions we get after applying RockTape™ is, “What is in this stuff?” While there’s no medication in the tape itself, it does seem to have some magical ability to reduce pain and speed up healing.
The explanation behind why it works so well is that when it is applied to a stretched muscle, it lifts the skin off the area that hurts, allowing for increased blood flow and oxygen to the injured/painful sight. This increase in oxygen to the muscles promotes healing as well as reduces fatigue and muscle spasm.
- Lifts skin off injured tissue
- Increases blood flow and oxygen to injured site
- Promotes healing and prevents scar tissue formation
- Reduces fatigue
- Sprained ankle: adds stability but still allows for motion
Now, almost all of us have experienced some sort of sprained ankle. Whether we slipped on ice or planted our foot wrong in a basketball or soccer game, the pain from a sprained ankle is not much fun. In fact, sometimes it can be the same pain if not more than that of a fracture. The recovery time can take just as long as well.
Our treatment for a sprained ankle includes the following:
- Strengthening and stability exercises
- Chiropractic adjustments
One of the reasons we like RockTape™ for a sprained ankle is that it doesn’t restrict motion of the ankle completely, but yet, it still adds the stability you need for the ankle to fully heal. By allowing for motion of the ankle, it prevents scar tissue build up around the injury sight. This scar tissue is your body’s way of repairing the injured ligament. The problem with scar tissue is that it is a weak repair and makes you susceptible to future injury of your ankle. By keeping the ankle stable but still able to move, you break up this scar tissue so that the body continues to repair the ligament until it is fully healed.
With this in mind, if you continue to “roll” and injure your ankles then you are probably dealing with weak ligaments and instability in your ankles. Not only is RockTape™ a good idea for you but you also need to start incorporating some exercises to strengthen the area around the ankle. As well as, you need to consider chiropractic adjustments to the foot, ankle and low back as there is most likely an imbalance/misalignment causing instability in the ankle.
For more information about RockTape™ and/or chiropractic and how it can help you, feel free to schedule a free consultation with us. Keep in mind that we do offer free taping sessions for anyone who purchases RockTape™ from our office.