Physical Therapy 
Education Specialists
 

The use of taping in physical therapy: the essential skills and the evidence


Instructor: Chris Sebelski , PT, DPT, OCS

CEU credit: In process

Course Description

The use of tape as an intervention or modality is common in today's rehabilitation practice.  Whether it is the patient who is post surgery with overload edema or a client with issues with recruitment or concerns of pain; there seems to be a method of taping that addresses the patient's need.  But what does the tape really do?  How much evidence is out there?  And how can clinicians utilize the evidence to supplement their practice? 

This one day course focuses on the utilization of various forms of taping as an intervention.  For each type of tape and each taping technique, case examples will be used to organize the course.  The basic philosophy will be explored, evidence presented and time provided to experience the technique discussed both as a patient and a therapist.

Participants will be encouraged to integrate the intervention of taping within their current plan of care for various diagnoses with criteria for when to discharge taping as a intervention.  Participants will have immediate application of the material with their patient populations.



Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  1. Discuss the criteria for selection of tape as an intervention, including current evidence.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate application of tape to various body regions.
  3. Link the modality of taping to other portions of the treatment plan.
  4. Discuss potential outcomes and their timelines from the application of tape as an intervention.
  5. Discuss the level of evidence available to support the use of tape as a modality.



Sample Course Schedule
Start Times vary depending on course location; confirmation of start times will be sent prior to course.
A sample course schedule is provided below.

8:00 - 8:30 Registration



8:30 - 9:30 Fundamentals of various forms of taping (lecture)



9:30 - 10:30 Chief concerns: Difficulty descending stairs"

     Assess and reassessments, taping technique with lab

     Use of leukotape and cover-roll

     Dx: patellofemoral syndromes



10:30 - 10:45 Break



10:45 - 11:45 Chief concern: "Foot pain during stance phase of gait"

     Assess and reassessments, taping technique with lab

     Use of athletic tape, leukotape and cover-roll

     Dx: Plantar fascitis



11:45 - 12:30 Chief concern: "Pain in the lower leg"

     Assess and reassessments, taping technique with lab

     Use of kinesiotape

     Dx: Tendinopathies



12:30 - l:15 Lunch on own



1:15 - 2:15 Chief concern: "Inadequate range of motion due to overload edema"

     Assess and reassessments, taping technique with lab

     Use of kinesiotape



2:15 - 2:30 Break



2:30 - 3:30 Chief concern: "Pain within an arc of motion at the shoulder"

     Assess and reassessments, taping technique with lab

     Use of kinesiotape, leukotape and cover-roll



3:30 - 4:30 Chief concern: "Postural dysfunction"

     Assess and reassessments, taping technique with lab

     Use of kinesiotape, leukotape and cover-roll



4:30 - 5:00 Q & A

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