Kinesio Taping Courses for Paediatrics
By Kate Slater | 24 September 2012

Kinesio Taping was brought to world attention at the London 2012 Olympics, but few people are aware that the brightly coloured therapeutic taping has been used internationally for many years in children's medicine.

For the first time in England, KT3 paediatric courses have now been scheduled for 14 and 15 November in London and 17 and 18 November in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The courses will be conducted by American Physical Therapy Board Certified Paediatric Specialist, Certified Lymphatic Therapist and Certified KT Instructor Deanna (DeDe) Wanzek who has specialised in paediatric therapies for the last 30 years and was named Instructor of the Year in 2007.

Kinesio Taping is widely used in the USA, Europe and India to help development deficits, neuromuscular and muscular skeletal conditions in children. Dede Wanzek has recently been treating a nine year old boy with mild Cerebral Palsy. Her goal was to increase his dorsiflexion* strength (the ability to lift one's foot at the ankle joint) so he does not catch his toes on the ground as he walks. Kinesio Taping was applied to stabilize the calcaneus or heel bone. After the application of Kinesio Taping, he was immediately able to perform an exercise to improve his dorsiflexion strength with much greater ease. This exercise was walking on his heels.

Dede has also treated many children with asthma and respiratory problems using Kinesio Tape. Twelve year old Nicole was experiencing shortness of breath during sport and was referred to Dede for treatment. After six sessions of physiotherapy- which included Kinesio Taping, Nicole was no longer having difficulty and was able to play sport without her nebulizer.

Another Kinesio Practitioner who works in paediatrics is Dr Snehal Ganesh Deshpande, a Mumbai based physiotherapist and published author. She is renowned for her work throughout India in paediatrics and in particular with children with Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. Dr Deshpande delivers lectures, training programmes and workshops on a full spectrum of paediatric physiotherapy treatments.

Preet is a 10 year old patient of Dr Deshpande who has spastic diplegia, a form of Cerebral Palsy. Preet's legs were internally rotated and she had difficulty walking. Dr Deshpande treated Preet with Kinesio Taping and used it to tape her legs in external rotation to correct the alignment. Dr Deshpande also used small strips of Kinesio tape to correct the misalignment of her big toe to prevent it curling. The taping, along with appropriate therapy has shown a big improvement in the alignment of Preet's legs and her walking has improved immensely.

The Kinesio Taping courses in London and Newcastle Upon Tyne are suitable for physiotherapists, sports therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, occupational therapists and lymphoedema therapists.

If you have completed KT1 and KT2, you are eligible to attend the KT3 Paediatrics course. The London course is now full, but limited spaces exist at the Newcastle venue. If you would like to read more about this course, or to book, please go to the training section on our website.
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