The Kinesio UK team travelled to Dusseldorf in Germany for the 27th KTA International Research Symposium on 29 & 30 September 2012.
The symposium, which was held at the University of Dusseldorf, turned out to be a truly global event, with lecturers and presenters from all over the world delivering new research, case studies, demonstrations and workshops on Kinesio Taping to over 300 attendees from 30 different countries.
Attending the Symposium from the UK were CKTI Angela Petrocchi and CKTI Gudrun Collins who provided translation and workshops at the event. Amy Barden from the UK also presented a research poster on 'The effect of Kinesio Taping on the trunk in rugby players'.
Highlight of the weekend was the address from Dr Kenzo Kase, DC from Japan, who invented the Kinesio Taping Method in the early 1980s and is the founder and Chair of the Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI). Dr Kase delivered a lecture entitled ‘The Autonomic Nervous System relating to the Kinesio Taping Method’. He had the audience spellbound with a live demonstration on muscle memory conducted on a male amputee who was suffering from persistent phantom pain. The pain was instantly alleviated by the application of Kinesio Taping.
The audience also heard of positive results from Kinesio applications in many different areas of medicine and even veterinary medicine: Yonca Zenginler spoke of her success in treating Drooling in Children with Cerebral Palsy; Stefano Frassine CKTI from Itally discussed pain management; Itzhak Friedman, PT CKTI from Israel discussed Back Stability, Gait and Kinesio Taping; and Jacek Sasinowski, PT, CKTP from Poland delivered a lecture on Facial Nerve Palsy and how Kinesio Taping can help.
The merits of treating equine injuries with Kinesio Taping was presented by Dr Sybille Molle, DVM, Cert, CKTI from Italy, a qualified veterinary surgeon, in ‘Use of Kinesio Taping for the Treatment of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction in the Horse.’
Finally ... there was a important breakthrough in the form of a presentation by Doctor Hans-Michael Klein, MD, phD from Department of Cardio Tharacic Surgery University Hospital, University of Duesseldorf, Germany, entitled ‘Pain Management after Thoracic Surgery using Kinesio Taping’. Dr Klein concluded: “Kinesio Taping is a useful method to support invasive and systematic analgesic”.
As a result of Dr Klein’s work, clinical trials on Kinesio Taping are now to be carried out in Germany.
Kevin Anderson, Managing Director of Kinesio Taping says: “This was a highly significant lecture and clearly indicated the benefits of using Kinesio Taping in post operative care within conventional medicine. We look forward eagerly to the results of the clinical trials.”
If you are interested to know more and wish to attend next year, the 2013 KTA International Research Symposium will be held at Stanford University, California, US, on 8 and 9 June.