RockPods: What are they and how can they help me?
RockPods are a product from RockTape – their version of myofascial cupping. They are silicone cups that stick to your skin and help relieve pain, soreness and improve range of movement.
What Is Myofascial cupping?
Cupping is an ancient Chinese practice, where a cup is applied to the skin and pressure is reduced by suctioning air out. As this happens the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into the cup and held.
Traditionally, cupping was done with glass cups, which were heated over a flame and then quickly applied to the body part to create the suction effect. More recently, cupping sets have been made from plastic with a one-way valve at the top of the cup. Now RockTape have developed RockPods a modern, functional way of cupping. RockPods are rubbery suction pods, which allows the therapist more freedom to pull, and push fascia to treat pain, mobility, and movement dysfunctions.
What does it do?
RockPods are typically used on the neck, shoulders, back, sacrum, hip, thigh, calves, and upper arms. When applied, they use negative (decompressive) pressure to lift, separate, and stretch underlying soft tissues.
This pressure helps to:
- Treat chronic pain
- Relieve tension
- Sedate the nervous system
- Ease musculoskeletal pain and discomfort
- Treat sports injuries, mobility and movement dysfunctions
What makes RockPods different to traditional cupping?
Whilst on the skin the RockPods can be moved whilst they grip the tissue underneath – this is called an “external glide” as the glide is being produced by external forces e.g. the therapist gliding the pod to manipulate the tissue in any direction. Alternatively the RockPods can be left still and the body part they are attached to is taken through various range of movements – this is called an “internal glide” as the glide is produced by the body (either active or passive movement) whilst the RockPod on the skin creates suction and limits the movement of that tissue.
As movement can be used whilst they are applied to the skin, they can be helpful to treat specific actions in sport, e.g. A golf swing, tennis serve or bowling in cricket. Helping to address pain problems associated with specific movement patterns.
RockPods not only help athletes, they are used to treat a variety of everyday pain related issues including:
- Lower Back Pain
- Shoulder problems
- Reduced range of motion
Cupping is rarely used as a standalone treatment, and will be used alongside massage therapy for the best results.
If you would like to see RockPods in action and learn more, have a look at this video: