Michael Atzert PTA, BS, CKTP of Jersey Physical Therapy recently became a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP). We asked him a few questions about kinesio tape.
Why Did You Want To Become a CKTP?
There are a few reasons why I wanted to pursue this certification. Perhaps the biggest reason was that several patient’s asked about kinesio tape and I had to tell them I didn’t really know too much about it. I didn’t feel good telling patient’s I didn’t know something. So I did some research and decided that if I was going to consider using Kinesio tape that I should learn as much as I can about it and become proficient at it. I later decided to become a certified practitioner.
What Exactly Is Kinesio Tape?
Kinesio tape has some very unique qualities that make it therapeutic. It is constructed of 100% cotton and elastic fibers. Its elasticity is 40-60% of its resting length and it stretches along the longitudinal axis only. Its thickness and weight are similar to skin and is adhesive is 100% medical grade, acrylic that is heat activated by the practitioner who is applying it and it contains no medicine or latex. Learn more about Elastic Therapeutic Tape.
Who Invented Kinesio Tape And How Long Has It Been In Existence?
Dr. Kenzo Kase invented Kinesio tape in 1979.
Who Is A Potential Candidate For Kinesio Taping?
Basically anyone is a potential candidate. Contrary to popular belief kinesio tape is not only for athletes. It fact 85% of all applications applied in the US annually are on non athletes.
What Types Of Conditions Can Be Treated With Kinesio Tape?
The short answer is virtually anything.
How Have You Applied Your New Certification Into Your Treatment Plans?
Since I became certified I have used the tape for all six types of corrections that kinesio tape can do.
What Are Those Six Types Of Corrections You Refer To?
Kinesio corrections are labeled as Mechanical, Fascial, Space, Ligament/Tendon, Functional and Circulatory/Lymphatic.
What Type Of Corrections Have You Found To Be Most Beneficial Thus Far?
At this time I have found that using the tape for muscle facilitation and inhibition has been really helpful to our patients followed closely by lymphatic drainage techniques.
How Successful Do You Feel Your Tapings Have Been?
Well results have varied from basically minimal change to complete resolution of symptoms.
What Is Your Overall Impression Of How Kinesio Tape Should Be Viewed?
I view it as just another treatment option in my ever-growing toolbox of treatment options.