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31st International Research Symposium hosted by the Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI)

The time: October 7 & 8, 2017
The place: Honolulu, Hawaii
Where to stay: Ala Moana Hotel
The purpose: To share and compare high level research on Kinesio Taping and related subjects.
The bonus benefit: To mingle and socialize with top Kinesio Taping experts from throughout the world.

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What to Expect at the 2017 KTAI Symposium – Hawaii

Kinesio-Tape-Symposium-2017-Dr-Kase-DemoHonolulu, Hawaii, hosts the 31st International Kinesio Taping Association Symposium, which provides a great opportunity to learn from a diverse field of experts how to use Kinesio Taping in your practice and for your patients. Truly a global educational event as lecturers and presenters gather from 13 countries and attendees from more than 30 as well. Come and discover the latest in research techniques and results, and rub shoulders with multi-disciplinary instructors and attendees from all corners of the world. From research to practical application; pediatrics to post-operative and even equine care – you’re sure to find something that can be applied in your practice when you return to the office on Monday morning. Join us in Hawaii to learn, practice and collaborate with colleagues from around the world and gain the most up to date information about the Kinesio Taping Method.

Featured Speakers


Dr. Kenzo Kase,

Innovations in Kinesio Taping.

Dr. Kenzo Kase is the inventor of the original Kinesio Tape. After graduating a Doctor of Chiropractic from the National University of Health Sciences in Chicago in 1974 he went on to also create what we know now as the Kinesio Taping Method.

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  • He has over 50 publications credited to his name in both Japanese and English along with translations in various other languages around the world. Currently Dr. Kase is the Founder and Director of both the Society of Kinesio Taping Therapy, the Kinesio Taping Association International and President of Kinesio University.

    Dr. Kase invented the Kinesio Taping Method long before science and the rest of the world was ready. 35 years later science is still catching up, but growing evidence is emerging to support what Dr. Kase learned years ago simply by listening to the body and utilizing its natural healing processes.

Kinesio-Tape-Jean-Claude-GuimberteauJean-Claude Guimberteau

Of cells, fibers and living human beings

Jean-Claude Guimberteau, MD, was born in 1947. He is co-founder and scientific director of the “Institut Aquitain de la Main.” He is member of the French Hand Society (GEM) and past President 2012 of the French Plastic and Reconstructive surgery society( SOFCPRE). He has served on the Health Service High Authority.

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  • He was trained in the Hand and Plastid department of the Bordeaux University, with Dr AJM. Goumain and Prof J. Baudet. During this surgical training, he was one of the pioneers in microsurgery and transplantations. In 1976 Dr Guimberteau spent few months in the US as visiting fellow with Prof J.M. Converse in New York and Prof R. Millard in Miami, Florida. Introducing innovative concepts in hand anatomy, physiology and secondary flexor tendon repair, he has been supported many years by Prof Cl Verdan and Prof H.E. Kleinert.

    Dr Guimberteau is a pioneer in endoscopic exploration of the tissular organization of the human body. He has directed many videos on living matter having developed a new concept on living tissues and proposed a new ontology for human interior architectures which is developed in his latest book, “Architectures of Human living fascia: the extracellular matrix and cells revealed through endoscopy” published by Handspring Publishing, 2015.

Kinesio-Tape-Kimiko-KawanoKimiko Kawano

The Brain Activities and Changes in the Autonomic Nervous System Functions with Kinesio Taping

Kimiko Kawano, Ph.D., is Vice President of the Society of Kinesio Taping Therapy in Japan. She majored in Physics at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, and then served as an assistant professor in the department of physiology at Nippon Medical School, and also at Toho University.

  • more on Dr. Kimiko Kawano
  • She has investigated brain physiology using mainly EEG, and carried out various measurements while listening to music, doing meditation, taking many kinds of healing, and other circumstances.
    Dr. Kawano is currently Vice Chair of International Research Institute, Chiba, Japan, and Vice President of the International Society of Life Information Science. Additionally she serves as director and/or trustee for many societies.

Kinesio-Tape-KleinHans-Michael Klein

Further Developments in Post-Surgical Kinesio Taping

Professor Hans-Michael Klein, MD, PhD, is a renowned, widely published German cardiac surgeon who has performed thousands of surgical procedures and who has traveled and lectured extensively on five continents. Dr. Klein is an acknowledged leader in the international cardiac surgery community based on his 30+ years of clinical research and surgical experience.

  • more on Professor Hans-Michael Klein
  • He has experimented with several laser modalities to determine which performs the best in this therapy and on what basis. His experiments and clinical research and experience have shown that the unique physical characteristics of CO2 laser energy when applied to hibernating myocardial tissue provide the most substantial improvements in cardiac function because of the re-remodeling and angiogenic processes that are initiated by the interaction of CO2 energy with the indicated myocardial tissue.

    Prof. Klein is an associate Professor in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the Düsseldorf Medical School. Besides valve surgery, he is especially interested in different approaches to myocardial regeneration and revascularisation, such as transmyocardial laser treatment and stem cell therapy for end-stage heart failure. Professor Klein received his MD and PhD at Düsseldorf Medical School, where he specialised in general, vascular and cardiothoracic surgery.

  Deana Mercer

Applications of Kineso Taping in Hand Surgery

Dr. Deana Mercer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, at the University of New Mexico. She received a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry from New Mexico State University, and an M.D. from the University of New Mexico 1999. She received fellowship training at the University of Washington in Seattle in Shoulder, Elbow surgery followed by a second fellowship in Hand and Microvascular surgery. She is an assistant professor on faculty at the University of New Mexico on tenure track. She is currently obtaining a master’s in clinical research. 

  • more on Dr. Deana Mercer
  • Her research interests include pathology of the shoulder, elbow and hand and biomechanical research addressing orthopaedic musculoskeletal problems including arthritis and osteoporosis and works closely with the engineering group in her efforts

    Dr. Mercer is currently certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and belongs to several professional societies such as: Emerging Leaders Program with the American Orthopaedic Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Candidate Member), American Society for Surgery of the Hand (Candidate Member), American Medical Association, and Alpha Omega Alpha.

Robert Schenck

Complex ligament injuries of the knee

Dr. Schenck, currently Professor and Chair in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, has been a full-time academic physician since starting his orthopaedic career as an instructor at the University of Texas. After his medical training at Johns Hopkins (MD ’84, Orthopaedic Residency ’89), he pursued a fellowship in sports medicine with subspecialty training in foot and ankle surgery. In addition to academic and clinical work, Dr. Schenck has served as an athletic team physician for most of his career.

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  • While at UNM, Dr. Schenck developed an in-training examination review course for orthopaedic residents under the 20 percentile score and has seen a tremendous response and success rate with the participants. Dr. Schenck enjoys both basic and clinical research interests and has published bench research funded with extramural sources (OREF, AANA) on cartilage healing in the goat and rabbit models, as well as cadaveric anatomic and injury models of the knee, ankle, and shoulder. He has performed multiple clinical projects, including prospective outcome trials, retrospective clinical reviews, as well as recent financial impact studies.

    In both clinical responsibilities and leadership positions at UNM, Dr. Schenck’s service activities are numerous. He became clinically fluent in Spanish while practicing in Texas and continues to utilize this skill in New Mexico.

Kinesio-Tape-Dr.-John-Henry-SloanJohn Henry Sloan

Integrating Kinesio Taping into a Pain Management Residency Program

John Henry Sloan is Medical Director at Lovelace Rehabilitation Hospital, Albuquerque, New Mexico. After receiving his MD and MPH degrees from University of Washington, Dr. Sloan completed residencies in physical medicine & rehabilitation, at Stanford University, and in general surgery, PGY1&2, at Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago.

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  • He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine and in Brain Injury and Medicine. He is certified in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (RMSK) and as an Independent Medical Evaluator (Certified CIME.)

    Dr. Sloan has a longstanding interest in public health risk factors and has published research on subjects ranging from the incidence of handgun assaults and homicides under differing regulations to the long-term effects of head injuries in youth sports.

  • Ala Moana Hotel provides Great Location and Superlative Comfort
  • Kinesio-Tape-Symposium-2017-Ala-Moana-Hotel- The downtown Honolulu landmark hotel is located next to Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest open-air shopping mall. The prestigious shopping venue is Hawaii’s prime location offering fashion brands, premier department stores, and specialty retailers including Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom and Williams-Sonoma. Just a 5-minute walk from the Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Hotel is 1.5 miles from Waikiki Beach, 2.5 miles from downtown Honolulu’s financial center and government offices, and a quick 8 miles from Honolulu International Airport.

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  • Join Us to Celebrate Dr. Kase’s Legacy at the 2017 Social Dinner
  • The Social Dinner offers an excellent opportunity to get to know other Kinesio Taping experts, researchers and enthusiasts from all over the world. This year’s event may include some surprises in addition to the buffet meal and friendly fellowship.

    With visitors and presenters from dozens of countries, you can renew old acquaintances and make plenty of new ones.

  • Sunday Night: Enjoy Authentic Hawaiian dance and dinner!
  • Sunday night: Hele Mai Ho‘olaule‘a!

    Celebrate with us at Waikiki’s only outdoor Luau. Relax after two days of filling your head with the latest Kinesio Taping research and innovations. This is the time to kick back with the international guests and your fellow visitors. Waikiki Starlight Luau features extravagant Lei greetings, Hula kahiko performers, four acrobatic fire dancers and authentic Hawaiian dining with exotic flavors and locally sourced island ingredients in a memorable setting beneath the starlit, mid-Pacific skies.

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  • Schedule of Events:
  • Saturday, October 7th 2017

    Time Lecturer Content / Presentations Type
    7:15 – 8:00 Sign in
    8:00 – 8:15 Staff Welcome and Day 1 Program Information
    8:15 – 8:45 Kimiko Kawano Brain Activities and Changes in the Autonomic Nervous System Functions with Kinesio Taping Featured Speaker
    8:45 – 9:00 Calvin Kwan The Safety and Effectiveness of Manual Tissue Direction Test (MTDT) Oral Presentation
    9:00 – 9:15 Seda Yıldız, Uluç Pamuk, Gul Baltacı, Can A. Yucesoy Tensiomyography Assessment of Changes in Muscle Stiffness Due to Kinesio Taping Oral Presentation
    9:15 – 9:30 Amy Mierzwa Effect of Kinesio Taping Scar Management Application on Post-Operative Total Knee Replacement Incision Oral Presentation
    9:30 – 9:35 Q & A
    9:35 – 9:45 BREAK
    9:45 – 10:15 Kenzo Kase Innovations in Kinesio Taping: The Nail as Epidermis Keynote Speaker
    10:15 – 10:30 Patricia W. Martin, Audrey M. Yasukawa Exploring a New “Gold Standard” in Research for Clinicians: Focus on the Kinesio Taping Method Oral Presentation
    10:30 – 10:45 Katie J. Lyman, K. Landin, T.A. Hanson, N. Sample, K. Gange, K. Woken The Effects of Kinesio Tape on Acromiohumeral Distance in Patients with Subacromial Impingement Oral Presentation
    10:45 – 11:00 Emel Sonmezer, Tulin Duger, Hayri Baran Yosmaoglu, Turkan Akbayrak Comparison of Effectiveness of Connective Tissue Massage and Kinesio Taping Application on Pain and Quality of Life in Primary Dysmenorrhea Oral Presentation
    11:00 – 11:15 Hyung Woo Yim Efficacy of facial Kinesio-Taping® in plastic surgery: a prospective, randomized, single-blind study Oral Presentation
    11:15 – 11:20 Q & A
    11:20 – 11:50 Robert C. Schenck Complex Ligament Injuries of the Knee Featured Speaker
    11:50 – 12:55 LUNCH
    12:55 – 2:00 Poster Presentations Diverse Topics 11 speakers
    2:00 – 2:10 BREAK
    2:10-3:10 Rick Griffin, Masahiro Takakura The use of Kinesio Tape at MLB Seattle Mariners Workshop A
    2:10-3:10 Alison Taylor “Tennis Elbow” Treating the cause not the symptoms! Workshop B
    2:10-3:10 Richard S. Cheung Yoga and Kinesio Taping: Better Your Clinical Outcomes Workshop C
    3:10-3:20 BREAK
    3:20-4:20 Kristian Seest Where and How to Kinesio Tape the Myofascial Trains Workshop D
    3:20-4:20 Patricia W. Martin, Audrey M. Yasukawa The Use of Kinesio Tape as an Adjunct to Treatment for the patient with Increased Tone and Spasticity Workshop E
    3:20-4:20 Hande Guney-Deniz, Gizem Irem Kinikli, Sercan Onal, Ceyda Sarial, Omur Caglar, Gül Baltacı, Inci Yuksel Comparison of Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Kinesio Taping on Lower Extremity Edema After Total Knee Arthroplasty Workshop F
    4:20-4:30 BREAK
    4:30-5:15 Jean-Claude Guimberteau Of Cells and the Living Human Body Featured Speaker

    Sunday, October 8th 2017

    Time Lecturer Content / Presentations Type
    7:30 – 8:00 Sign in
    8:00 – 8:10 Staff Welcome and Day 1 Program Information
    8:10 – 8:40 John Henry Sloan Integrating Kinesio Taping into a Pain Management Residency Program Featured Speaker
    8:40 – 8:55 Kassiann D. Landin, K. J. Lyman, T. Ashcraft, T.A. Hanson Surface Electromyography Analysis of Isokinetic Knee Extension with the Application of Kinesio® Tape Oral Presentation
    8:55 – 9:10 Dario Maria Villa, Silvia Salmoiraghi Effects of Kinesio Taping in the correction, static and dynamic, of functional pronated foot Oral Presentation
    9:10 – 9:15 Q & A
    9:15 – 9:45 Deana Mercer Applications of Kineso Taping in Hand Surgery Featured Speaker
    9:45 – 9:55 BREAK
    9:55 – 10:25 Frank Tore Jacobsen Uses and Properties of Four Different Kinds of Kinesio Tape Special Topic
    10:25 – 10:55 Hans-Michael Klein Further Developments in Post-Surgical Kinesio Taping Featured Speaker
    10:55 – 11:10 Special Announcement
    11:10 – 11:40 Stefano Frassine Effect of Tactile Stimulation Special Topic
    11:40 – 12:45 LUNCH
    12:45 – 1:15 Jeanine Valdez, Marie Valdez, Christina Lujan Clinical Lactation Study – The Effect of Kinesio Taping Method in Milk Production Workshop G-1
    12:45 – 1:15 Judith Macias-Harris, Elizabeth G. Harvey Assessment of Five Physiological Systems using the PaSS Method Workshop G-2
    1:15 – 1:20 BREAK
    1:20 – 2:20 Stefano Frassine Post-Surgical Kinesio Taping Workshop H
    1:20 – 2:20 Thuy Bridges, Clint Bridges Length, Strength, and Kinesio Taping Workshop J
    1:20 – 2:20 Itzhak Friedman Kinesio Taping for neck problems using Pulse diagnosis Workshop K
    2:20 – 2:30 BREAK
    2:30 – 4:00 Panel Discussion
    4:00 – 4:20 Certificates
    4:30 Sign Out


  • Make Plans to Attend – Register Today!
    • The regular registration cost for Symposium 2017 will be $509. We encourage everybody to register by July 1, 2017 and receive the early bird rate of $409. Registrations after September 1, 2017 will incur a late registration charge, totaling $560.
    Early Bird (up to July 1, 2017)
    Regular (up to September 1, 2017)
    Late (beginning September 2, 2017)
    • Lunches are not included in the registration fee. The facility is located in a busy shopping area and there will be a range of restaurants nearby.
    • Accommodations at the Ala Moana Hotel, Honolulu vary according to room choices. Reservations must be made through KTAI in order to benefit from the group rates. In the Waikiki Tower, a Double Room is $205 per night. We encourage you to plan with your roommate in advance; we will match you up with a roommate if you do not inform us of your choice. Each person’s charge will be one half, or $103.00 nightly. A limited number of Single Rooms will be available by special request in Kona Tower for $183.00 a night. Room rates include tax. The hotel has extended the group rate for 3 nights prior and 3 nights after our event (Oct 3, 2017 – October 9th, 2017) subject to availability. Room rates do not include breakfast or optional baggage handling fee. Please book as early as you can. We have invited a large number of people to certification, recertification and symposium attendance. We only have limited rooms reserved, and it is first come, first served. Once the rooms we have blocked have been reserved, you are responsible for arranging your own accommodation. After April 3, 2017, options may be more limited. 
  • The Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI)
  • ktai-logoThe Kinesio Taping Association International is a global organization of medical professionals dedicated to the treatment of patients and athletes utilizing the Kinesio Taping Method, which was founded by Kenzo Kase, DC. KTAI supports research, promotes the education of allied health professionals, furthers the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal neurological, and lymphoedema disorders with the incorporation of body conditioning specific to the Kinesio Taping Method. In order to facilitate the sharing of research and development of applications for the method, the Kinesio Taping Association was first formally constituted in Japan starting in 1984. This gave practitioners a convenient way to share results and ideas. KTAI members have been gathering for research Symposiums since 1985.