What does Kinesio® Taping and Kinesio® Tex Tape do?
The Kinesio® Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused or tired muscles, and support muscles in movement on a 24-hour-a-day basis. It is not a restrictive type of taping and allows for full range of motion. In contrast, traditional sports taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during an athletic event. Kinesio® Tex Tape is used to treat anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in-between. Examples include rehabilitation from sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxation, herniated disc), knee and shoulder conditions, and many more.
What benefits distinguish Kinesio® Tex Tape from other tapes?
• 100% High Grade Cotton – for comfort and air-permeability
• 140% Elasticity – same flexibility as human skin and muscles
• Heat Activated Adhesive – very light, mild, and hypo-allergenic
• 100% Latex Free
• Air permeable, microscopically lifts the skin, channels away moisture
• Durable – average usage allows 3-5 days per application
• More Economical – usually 8-10 applications per roll of tape
Is it the tape or the technique that gives such great results?
Without a doubt, the technique is the most important aspect in achieving the greatest therapeutic results. But the full benefits of the Kinesio® Taping Method were not possible until Kinesio® Tex Tape was developed. The Kinesio® Taping Method requires a tape that is patient and skin-friendly, possesses optimum elastic qualities, is the same thickness as the skin, and is durable enough to stay on for multiple days, even through sweating and showers.
How is the tape applied?
Without getting too technical, the tape is applied over the affected area with the muscles in a stretched position. Then the tape is applied from one end of the muscle to the other with very little to no stretch on the tape itself. The tape is applied from the ORIGIN to INSERTION of the muscle for SUPPORT and from INSERTION to ORIGIN for REHABILITATION.
What are some suggestions for optimum taping results?
A) Skin should be free of oil, sweat, or lotion prior to application.
B) After application, rub down tape to activate heat-sensitive glue.
C) Avoid extreme stretching of the tape during application to avoid skin irritation.
D) Apply approximately 1 hour prior to activity or shower to allow glue to adhere properly. E) Skin irritation is extremely rare, but care should be taken with hypersensitive skin patients.
What is the difference between the colors?
There is no physical or chemical difference between the colors. The colors were developed to be compatible with color therapy. The beige was created for minimal visibility and the black was created after many requests. Color choice is a matter of individual preference. The colors can provide field advertising at athletic events, a conversational opener, and instant product recognition.
Difference between Taping Techniques: There are three main taping techniques recognized in the United States: White Athletic Taping, McConnell® Taping Technique, and Kinesio® Taping Method.
• White Athletic Taping is the most commonly used taping technique in the U.S. The tape is extremely rigid and requires a pre-tape prior to application to protect the skin from irritation. Irritation is caused by the entrapment of moisture, high latex content, and severe compression of skin, muscles, and joints. It is typically applied immediately prior to an activity to prevent and protect acute injuries, left on for a short period of time, and taken off immediately after conclusion of activity. There are no rehabilitative uses or benefits.
• McConnell® Taping is a bracing or strapping technique using a super-rigid, cotton mesh, highly-adhesive tape. It affects the bio-mechanics of the patient and is most commonly used for patellofemoral and shoulder subluxation, as well as lumbar, foot, and hip impingement. It is typically left on for a shorter period of time (no longer than 18 hours) due to its constricting and suffocating feel and adverse skin reaction. The technique is primarily used for neuromuscular re-education of the affected condition and is widely accepted by the medical community.
• Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient or athlete the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitates the affected condition as well. Using a highly specific tape design that works with the body, allowing full ROM (and in most cases improving ROM), Kinesio® Taping will not affect bio-mechanics of the patient. Latex-free, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for sensitive skin and for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric. There is no compression on the skin, making it “light to the feel” and allowing comfortable wear over a 3-5 day period. Its water-resistant fabric wicks away moisture and allows the patient to bathe or even swim as usual. Lymph and blood circulation are facilitated in order to rehabilitate and relieve pain. It is used for virtually all clinical conditions.
What is the difference between a KTA approved course and a non-approved course?
An approved Kinesio® Taping course is a course that has been recognized as meeting the educational standards set forth by the Kinesio® Taping Association, the governing educational body of the Kinesio® Taping Method. All approved courses offer the participant the most current and advanced teaching methods and protocols that have been specifically created to enhance Kinesio® Taping proficiency. All courses are taught by a recognized Certified Kinesio® Taping Instructor (CKTI) who has met the training and re-certification training necessary to properly disseminate the Kinesio® Taping Method and its reasoning. The instructing CKTI has submitted the proper forms, teaching plans, and course outline to KTA to insure that the seminar taught will meet the requirements necessary to obtain proper accreditation. Only approved courses are accepted in obtaining accreditation as a Certified Kinesio® Taping Practitioner.
In contrast, a non-approved course is a course and/or courses that has not met the educational standards, protocols and requirements established by the Kinesio® Taping Association. A non-approved course may be taught by an instructor who is not recognized or trained by the KTA, therefore KTA cannot guarantee the same high standards of teaching. Non-approved Kinesio® Taping educational units will not be accepted in obtaining the accreditation necessary to become a CKTP.
How do I access the Kinesio Taping Application Database?
Please note that you must have a KTP level of membership or higher or a 60 day trial to access the database.
- Open Kinesiotaping.com
- First you must login with your username and password.
- After login go the HOW TO link which is available in top navigation menu
- Click on ‘Kinesio Taping Application Database’; you will automatically redirect to the database.
What are the requirements to take a Kinesio Taping Seminar?
In order to attend a Kinesio Taping® seminar, each attendee must meet all of the following criteria:
Must have completed 80 course hours of anatomy and physiology
Must have a working knowledge of the musculoskeletal system
Must be able to do assessments by evaluating and/or diagnosing injuries and conditions
Must have achieved or is a student in their junior or senior year (transcripts must be provided) working towards one or more of the following credentials: ARNP, ATC, CAT(C), CCSP, CDP, CHT, CLT, CMBT, CMT, CNMT, COMT, COTA, COTA/L, CPO, CPT, CPTA, CRN, CST, CT, DC, DO, DOM, DPT, Lac, LAT, LLCC, LMBT, LMP, LMT, LOT, LOTA, LPT, LPTA, MD, MDT, MLD, MOT, MOTR/L, MPT, MT, MTC, NCMT, NCTMB, NDT, NMD, NMT, NP, NRC, OCS, ODT, OMD, OPA, OT, OTA, OTC, OTR, OTR/L, PT, PT-C, PTA, PA, RMT, RN, RPT, RPTA, SLP.
What is the difference between PH and Official?
The only difference is Partner Hosted is hosted by someone else who takes the registrations, sets the price and hires the Instructor. An Official is hosted by Kinesio University. The course content is exactly the same.
Does your tape have latex?
Kinesio Tape is latex free.
Can students become a CKTP?
Students can take the exam and upon graduation get their CKTP designation.
Can I take KT1&KT2 in one location and KT3 in another location and still get the discount?
Yes, but you have to call the Seminar Coordinator for them to set it up with you. If you register for KT1-3 at the same time, both locations will be the same.
How soon will I be able to use the tape after taking KT1&KT2?
Immediately and are encouraged to do so.
How long do I have to wait to take KT3?
3 weeks minimum
How many CEU’s apply for the courses?
Will I be able to buy tape at the seminar?
If a Distributor is present at your seminar, you will be able to buy product. If one is not available you can go to www.kinesiotaping.com
Can I just take KT1?
No, KT1 and KT2 have to be taken together.
Is the workbook included in the price?
Yes, you get the workbook, a messenger bag, a Kinesio pen, 3-4 rolls of tape and an Advance Healing Magazine in the price.
If I take the course in one state can I get CEU’s in another state?
You will have to check with your local board for PT’s only. ATC, OT and LMT’s do transfer from state to state.
Do you offer online courses?
Because of the significant hands-on component of our certification courses, we are unable to offer them in an online format. A majority of the seminar time is devoted to hands-on exercises to give you practical, hands-on experience to help you apply your new skills immediately.
We do have a series of videos on specific clinical subjects which are available on DVD or for download. These may be purchased at http://www.shopkinesio.com/DVDsDownloads_c_17.html
Which tape is water resistant?
All our tapes are water resistant. For the best hold, it’s best if the tape is applied before activity and that the skin is clean, dry and free of any lotions or oils. It is recommended that after the tape is applied to the skin that the tape is rubbed to activate the adhesive as well as to help it adhere.