First Kinesio Taping courses for paediatric conditions held in the UK
By Kate Slater | 05 December 2012

By popular demand, courses for medical practitioners and physiotherapists to learn Kinesio Taping techniques for childhood ailments have now taken place in London and Newcastle upon Tyne in November and more are planned for 2013.

The courses were exceptionally well received with many practitioners explaining how useful Kinesio Taping was in paediatric neurology when working with muscle tone and movement patterns. Practitioners treating children with hemiplegia, cerebral palsy and postural misalignment find Kinesio Taping particularly beneficial to their patients.

This is the first time that Kinesio Taping courses exclusively for paediatric medicine have been held in the UK. They were organised because an increasing amount of practitioners across the UK find that Kinesio Taping applications are significantly helping many of their child patients and they wished to learn further taping techniques that were specifically geared to children?s conditions.

Kinesio Taping was brought to world attention at the London 2012 Olympics, but few people in the UK are aware that the brightly coloured therapeutic taping has been used internationally for many years (particularly in the US and India) to help development deficits, neuromuscular and muscular skeletal conditions in children. It is also used in many UK hospitals for the treatment of lymphoedema, a swelling in the limbs caused by blockage of the lymph passages.

The UK paediatric Kinesio Taping KT3 courses were taken by Certified KT Instructor Deanna (DeDe) Wanzek who is an American Physical Therapy Board Certified Paediatric Specialist and Certified Lymphatic Therapist. DeDe has specialised in paediatric therapies for the last 30 years and was Instructor of the Year in 2007.

DeDe took qualified Kinesio practitioners through various taping techniques for paediatric conditions of the head, neck and face including muscle facilitation and inhibition for neck stability such as the sternocleidomastoid and levator scapulae as well as infrahyoid and oral motor oris taping to prevent drooling.

More taping techniques were then demonstrated to alleviate conditions in the mid body, back and shoulders including facilitation and inhibition in the lower trapezius, latissimus dorsi, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and respiratory diaphragm.

Techniques to aid brachial plexus injury and conditions in children?s hands including thumb stability and palmar stability were also demonstrated.

DeDe then progressed to show how Kinesio could be used to help problems with external and internal obliques, transverse abdominis , the intercostals and scoliosis of the spine as well as the facilitation of hip rotation, toe clawing, finger clawing, arch support of the foot, foot pronation, shin splints and foot supination.

Debra Gardner, a Kinesio practitioner from Newcastle who works with children, has observed functional improvements in children?s hand functions with Kinesio Taping and commented: ?It was an excellent course. I learnt many more different application techniques which will be extremely useful to me in my work with children?.

Kevin Anderson, MD of Kinesio says: "We are finding a huge amount of interest in KinesioTaping for children now. Not only does it help in the treatment of numerous physical problems, but children enjoy wearing the bright colours. Kinesio Tape is comfortable for them, it doesn?t hurt and they can keep it on in the bath or when they're swimming."

Kinesio Taping courses KT1, KT2 and KT3 are suitable for physiotherapists, sports therapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, occupational therapists and lymphoedema therapists.

More KT3 Kinesio Taping courses for paediatric conditions will take place at various locations throughout the UK in 2013

For more information please go to or call the Kinesio UK office on 0191 287 7008


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