What is Kinesio Taping?

Kinesio Taping is a therapeutic application technique that is designed to assist muscle, joint, lymphatic and skin functions, as well as affect the endogenous analgesic system. Because of the many systems Kinesio Tape addresses, it is effective in multiple disciplines throughout the health care system.


Kinesio Tape is a unique elastic tape that has 140-160% elasticity mirroring properties of skin, and is made with high grade breathable cotton with a non-latex adhesive to decrease allergic reactions. Taping applications can be effective over several days, providing input 24 hours a day and enhancing a practitioner’s care. Other therapeutic elastic tape may be used with similar results but is not guaranteed in any way.

The initial weekend introductory course KT1 & KT2, covers the history, philosophy and application of basic muscle function and corrective techniques. There are some clinical applications utilizing the various techniques.  KT3 is a second weekend consisting of 1 1/2 days. The extra day and a half allows the practitioner to come back for reinforcement and expanding concepts and ideas. Upon completion of KT1, KT2, and KT3, the practitioner has met the requirements and may apply to take the certified kinesiotaping practitioner examination. Upon successful certification, the clinician may use the designation CKTP with the public.

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