General Shoulder Pain

RapidForce Shapes are uniquely designed to provide pain relief and dynamic mechanical support to the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the shoulder.

Pain in the shoulder is usually felt in the front, back, or top of the shoulder or in/around the shoulder joint. Although difficult to define due to many potential causes, shoulder pain is often characterized by stiffness, weakness, a dull ache, sharpness, numbness or tingling, warmth, swelling, frozen shoulder, or a limited range of motion. People managing chronic shoulder pain also describe a clicking or grinding sensation at the joint, pain that radiates up to the neck or down the arm, or a pain that worsens during athletic or everyday activities.

The RapidForce Star Shape’s (or, for particularly large or muscular shoulders, the Large Star Shape's) central core and stretchable arms are designed to help reduce shoulder pain of these kinds. The Shape’s central core is placed atop the area with most pain, which stabilizes the injury, and six stretchable arms are pulled outwards, creating dynamic structural support.

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Disclaimer: Please see your medical professional with any kind of pain. Pain could be an indication of a serious condition. RapidForce Shapes are not meant to replace professional medical advice, professional treatment, or a professional treatment plan.

The RapidForce Difference

  • STRONG - Thick multi-layered system that is 15x stronger than kinesiology tape
  • FLEXIBLE - Conforms and moves with your body any direction you go
  • LONG LASTING - Stays put for 3-5 days for 24-hour pain relief and support
  • SIMPLE - Easy-to-apply: simply peel, place, stretch, and secure

RapidForce Shapes for Shoulder Pain Relief

Star Shape

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Application Instructions

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Time it Right

While RapidForce Shapes can be applied at any time, they should be applied 1–2 hours before beginning strenuous physical activity. The Shapes can start working is as little as two hours, but some applications take up to four hours.

Prep Skin Thoroughly

Wash and dry the skin to remove oils, moisture, and dirt. Trim or shave body hair; this helps create a more secure bond and more comfortable removal. Apply the provided Skin Tac liquid adhesive wipe. Allow 30 seconds for it to dry.

Customize Stretch

Secure the Shape’s central core to the most painful spot. For daily wear or moderate-to-light athletics, a mild stretch of 1/2” is ideal. Application instructions vary based on Shape, so read and follow the instructions mailed with your shape(s).

Secure Bond

With both the Shape and the skin at room temperature, carefully begin applying the shape. Once the shape is secure, rub it vigorously to maximize adhesive bond to skin.

  1. 1. Press around your shoulder joint to find the main area of pain

    1. Press around your shoulder joint to find the main area of pain

    For pain on front or back of shoulder, orient the Star Shape so the shorter arms stabilize the joint from front to back (see images A & C below). For pain on top of the shoulder, orient the Shape so the shorter arms align with the arm (see image B below).

  2. 1. Press around your shoulder joint to find the main area of pain

    2. Apply the center of the Star Shape

    Peel off the backing of the center of the Star Shape and place directly over the area with the most pain. Press to secure the bond.

  3. 1. Press around your shoulder joint to find the main area of pain

    3. Apply the arms - 1/2" Stretch

    Peel off the middle backing of one of the arms of the Shape, leaving the end tab in place. While stabilizing the central core with one hand, customize the arms’ stretch based on intensity of activity and place straight out from the center. Smooth the fabric onto the skin, moving from the center of the Star Shape outwards. Remove the backing from the end tab and place on the skin. Do not stretch this small piece. Press over the entire arm of the Shape for about 10 seconds to secure bond. Repeat for all arms of the Star.

  4. 4. Feel Relief and Remove

    You may begin feeling relief within a few hours. However, it could take up to 24 hours. RapidForce shapes can provide pain relief and muscle support for up to five days but can be removed at any time. To remove, pull from the end of the arms to the center. If hair is present, pull in the direction of the hair’s growth to reduce discomfort. For easier removal, use mild warm water in the shower and then remove the shape slowly.

  5. 1. Press around your shoulder joint to find the main area of pain

    A. Placement: Front Shoulder Pain

  6. 1. Press around your shoulder joint to find the main area of pain

    B. Placement: Side Shoulder Pain

  7. 1. Press around your shoulder joint to find the main area of pain

    C. Placement: Back Shoulder Pain