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Introduction to the Kinesio Taping Method: Upper and Lower Extremities

presented by Kenzo Kase, Masahiro Takakura, and Jim Wallis

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This introductory Kinesio taping course is taught by Dr. Kenzo Kase, the founder of the Kinesio Taping Method, with the help of Kinesio Taping Association International Board Members Dr. Masahiro Takakura, ND, LAc, DC, CKTI and Jim Wallis, MS, ATC, CKTI. This course covers the history of the Kinesio Taping method, the qualities and benefits of Kinesio Tape, and current research related to Kinesio Taping. The Kinesio Screening Test and assessment will be demonstrated, along with basic taping applications for the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee. Tape removal and precautions will also be covered, as well as the pathophysiology of conditions that can be treated with Kinesio Tape.

This is an introductory course in the basic concepts behind Kinesio Taping. For more information about becoming a certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner, please visit the Kinesio Taping website:

Meet Your Instructors

Kenzo Kase, DC

Dr. Kenzo Kase founded the Kinesio Taping Method in 1979 after years of testing, research, and clinical trial. He then designed and engineered an elastic tape to accompany his method. Since then, the Kinesio Taping method has been used all over the world by medical and sports professionals. Dr. Kase has always held research, education,…

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Masahiro Takakura, ND, LAc, DC

Dr. Masahiro Takakura is a Naturopathic Physician, Chiropractor, and a licensed Acupuncturist. He graduated with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and a Master's of Acupuncture from Bastyr University, and received his Doctorate degree of Chiropractic Medicine from National University of Health Science in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Takakura has learned medicine from various practitioners such as…

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Jim Wallis, MS, ATC

Jim Wallis is the director of Sports Medicine at Portland State. Wallis, who began in August 1989, specifically works with the men’s basketball team. Formerly the department's head athletic trainer, Wallis was elevated to the title of Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine. He oversees a full-time staff of three assistants, as well as graduate…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Introduction

Discuss the history of the Kinesio Taping method, list the various conditions that can be treated with the application of Kinesio Tape, list the unique qualities of Kinesio Tape, compare and contrast Kinesio Taping with other taping methods, and discuss the vision and mission of the Kinesio Taping Association International.

2. Research and Methods

Discuss current research and evidence supporting Kinesio Taping, list the basic concepts of the Kinesio Taping, including space, movement and cooling, outline the effects of Kinesio Taping on tissue layers in regards to various tensions and widths, and the recoil quality of the tape, explain the relationship between Kinesio Tape on the skin and the deeper muscles and joints in the involved region of application, explain the effects of Kinesio Taping on lymphatics and drainage how tape can allow for the drainage of a bruise, explain the role of decompression in the Kinesio Taping method.

3. Upper Extremity Demonstrations

Outline the assessment for the Kinesio Taping method, including observation of symmetry and palpation of tissue quality, perform the Kinesio Screening Test for the upper extremities, perform basic taping applications for shoulder and elbow conditions. Demonstrate techniques for the removal of Kinesio Tape, including the roll method, “skin from tape” method, and pressure method. Outline the pathophysiology of shoulder conditions for various Kinesio Taping methods, explain precautions for Kinesio Tape treatment.

4. Lower Extremity Demonstrations

Perform the Kinesio Screening Test for the lower extremities. Perform basic taping applications for hip and knee conditions. Explain the pathophysiology of hip and knee conditions for various Kinesio Taping methods.

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