The 26th Annual Kinesio Taping Research Symposium is scheduled for June 24-26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida, and promises to be a weekend packed with up-to-the minute Kinesio Tape research, principles and applications. Developed with health care practitioners in mind, the symposium will feature two exciting keynote speakers – Dr. Kenzo Kase, inventor of Kinesio Tape and the Kinesio Taping Method – and Tom Myers, Kinesis Myofascial Integration expert, educator and author.
Dr. Kase, a highly respected innovator in both chiropractic medicine and acupuncture, created Kinesio Tape and the Kinesio Taping Method based on his unique insights into the physiological properties and responses of muscles, bones, joints, and skin. With over 30 years of Kinesio Tape research to his credit, Kase now teaches other health practitioners how to utilize this Kinesio Taping as a viable alternative to conventional athletic tapes and taping methods. To learn more about Dr. Kenzo Kaze, his development of Kinesio Tape, and his unique taping techniques, read Moving Forward with Dr. Kenzo Kase from the American Chiropractor magazine.
The second keynote speaker, Tom Myers, Director of Kinesis, Inc, has over 30 years’ experience in integrative bodywork in the US, UK, and Europe. In addition to publishing more than 60 articles in trade magazines and journals and creating a dozen videotaped instructional programs on fascial technique and dissection, Myers’s best-selling book, Anatomy Trains (Elsevier, 2001) remains a staple in its field. Having studied under Dr. Ida Rolf, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, and inventor/author Buckminster Fuller, Myers’s training has fully prepared him to pass along many valuable insights and techniques to symposium attendees. For more information about Tom Myers and his methods.
Kinesio Tape and its specialized taping method were developed to stabilize muscles and joints and allow the body’s natural healing processes to take place without restricting range of motion. Unlike rigid athletic tapes, which can cause excessive compression and constriction of muscles, bones, and joints, and often contain high levels of latex, which can trap moisture and irritate the skin, Kinesio Tape is a light, thin, flexible, and breathable cotton tape which protects and supports body structures, facilitates circulation of blood and lymph, and promotes healing.
Approximating the thickness and flexibility of human skin and providing a wicking effect which draws moisture away from the skin, Kinesio Tape will not interfere with healthy biomechanics or irritate the skin, and may therefore be worn continuously for three to five days. In comparison, other athletic tapes must generally be removed either immediately after sports-related activity or no more than 18 hours after taping. Whereas the restrictive nature of other sports tapes limits their uses, compresses body tissue and structures, and causes discomfort, Kinesio Tape, when applied correctly, can be used to either relax or stimulate muscles and will actually increase comfort and relieve pain.
Under the guidance of Dr. Kase, Tom Myers, and other presenters, symposium attendees can expect to absorb a wealth of new knowledge about the evolving research and advancements in Kinesio Tape technique and practice. For more information, see the symposium schedule and registration brochure.