Kinesiology Taping Course – part 2

Levotape Kinesiology Tape
Levotape Kinesiology Tape

Kinesiology Taping Course – application, stretching, removal, myo-fascial glide and the 5 main kinesiology taping techniques.

Over the next few weeks, Vivomed will be publishing it’s very popular online kinesiology taping course through this blog.

With over 30 instructional videos written and produced by Vivomed, this is one of the most comprehensive kinesiology taping courses available online and allows participants the chance to download a 6 hour CPD (continual professional development) certificate on completion of the paid course.

The aim of the online kinesiology taping course is to teach the participants the major functions and effects of kinesiology taping to allow you to practice using any brand of kinesiology tape you prefer e.g. Levotape, K-Active, Kinesio, Mueller or Rock Tape.

This week we look at how to prepare your patient’s skin to ensure best adhesion of the kinesiology tape, the different levels of stretch to apply to the tape, how to remove it without causing your patient too much pain, the myo-fascial glide and the 5 main taping techniques.
Levotape Kinesiology Tape – how to ensure best adhesion of kinesiology tape

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Levotape Kinesiology Tape – stretching kinesiology tape prior to application

Levotape Kinesiology Tape – removing kinesiology tape without pain

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What is and how to use the myo-fascial glide.

In many Kinesiology taping techniques, the direction in which the tape is applied is determined by performing the myo-fascial glide, a fundamental element of the functional testing process.
If the myo-fascial glide creates a positive result in one direction, then the tape is applied to create recoil in that direction, which mimics the successful hand repositioning of the tissue.
If negative, the therapist should move the tissue in the opposite direction and retest.
If inconclusive, other muscles in the area should be tested, and also attention should be paid to other areas of the body, which might be creating imbalance.

The hand determines the direction of taping; the improved function created by the hand is retained after the hand is removed through the placement of the tape in the same direction as the successful tissue movement by the hand.

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Neutral position
myo-fascial glide upward vivomed
Upward myo-fascial glide












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Neutral position
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Downward myo-fascial glide












The Five Main Taping Techniques

Muscle Technique
The main principle of application of Kinesiology Taping in this technique is that the muscle is stretched not the tape.
Ligament Technique
The main feature of this application is the high degree of stretch applied to the tape, in order to create a strong lifting effect of the underlying tissue. The degree of stretch to tape is often between 75% and 100% stretch. The tissue is in the neutral position.
Lymphatic Technique
The main principle of the lymphatic fan application is to create a fan of tape, with approximately 15% stretch, covering an area of inflamed tissue to enhance drainage usually in the direction of a lymph node.
Fascia Technique
The main principle of this technique is to create a gentle re-positioning of the fascia to improve function. In this case the tape is applied with a gentle stretch of between 25% and 50%.
Correctional Technique
The main principle of this technique is to create a strong re-positioning of tissues and structures. This tends to be achieved by using 50% – 75% stretch on the tape.


Next time on  Vivomed’s Kinesiology Taping Course blog we will look at the muscle technique in greater detail and show you some examples of how to use it.

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