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Four different colors are used for the application of K-Tape

-Cyan

-Magenta

-Beige

-Black

Cyan and Magenta are generally called blue and red.

There is no difference in the composition and properties of the different tapes. They all have flexibility. The tape’s color is chosen in order to support therapy and is based on the study of Chromatics. It should be noted that the correct tape application is crucial and the color of the tape is to be viewed only as an added positive aspect to treatment. Initially only beige colored tape was used in Japan. Even today, beige is the most commonly used color in Japan. In comparison, red and blue colored tape was more widely used and accepted right from the beginning in Europe and Canada. The choice of color is simple.

 

The color red is considered activating and stimulating,

 

Blue is soothnig.

The use of black colored tape came along considerably later. It was apparently developed to meet fashion needs. It is mainly used in sport, especially in the USA.

 

 

 

The effect of color is apparent on anyone entering a room. The person experiences a totally different feeling if the walls are painted blue compared to red.

K-Tape works in the same way.

If red tape is applied to a tense muscle or to an inflamed structure, most patients will respond with further stimulation and feelings of discomfort. In comparison, the color blue is soothing. The therapist should take note of this effect.

K-Tape is therefore applied so that red tape stimulates weak structures lacking in energy and aids in increasing muscle tension. The blue is used to soothe structures overflowing with energy and where the aim is to reduce muscle tension. The beige tape has in any case a neutral effect.

 


In some cases the patient’s vanity may play a role if the tape should not be noticeable. This is especially so with lymphatic drainage where large areas of skin are taped. Beige tape is mainly used in such cases. Similar to the placebo effect, the therapist should not discount the effect of colors but nevertheless still recognize that it is not the most important aspect of the therapy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This type of injury is very common in contact sports. An impact to the muscles can cause more damage than you might expect and should be treated with respect. The muscle is crushed against the bone. If not treated correctly or if treated too aggressively then Myositis Ossificans may occur. In addition to the R.I.C.E. method to all three grades of contusion, first apply a lymphatic K-Taping application to the site of the injury.The fibrosis tape is a special lymphatic correction technique that loosens up protein-rich deposits and improves lymph flow. First, apply the base of the Lymph Pre-Cuts proximal on the fibrosis. Appy the strips of tape with maximal stretch over and away from the injury site. Finish the application with the two-finger wide end unstretched. Apply the second tape 90 degrees rotated compared to the first base of tape 1. For better adhesion and pain inhibition, rub the tape strips for 30 seconds. 

Those who would like to learn the K-Taping method in their work should first complete the K-Taping Academy training.

 

 

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The CROSSPUNCTURE ® Therapy can be used for local points of pain, trigger points, tense muscles, painful joints, headaches, painful scars and many more indications. CROSSPUNCTURE ® can also be used for an acupuncture-like treatment without the use of needles.

How does the human body function?

Very small electrical impulses control a large number of functions and information processing in the human body. Whether muscular, fascial or neural functions or acupuncture points, the body frequently uses measurable electrical circuits and resistance. The skin is an important organ here. The largest human organ, equipped with a multitude of receptors and complexly connected to the inner organs and the brain, is able to farther transmit information, pain and perceptive input. Whether for diagnostics (ECG) or treatment (electrostimulation devices), the medical field has already been taking advantage of how the skin functions and its connections for many years now. The same applies to acupuncture, where the exact location of the acupuncture points to be treated are found via their electrical charge.

Injuries, diseases, scars and tense muscles – all of these affect the body’s electrical conduction system and result in dysfunction and pain being transmitted to the brain.

The fundamental component of the CROSSPUNCTURE ® Therapy is CROSSTAPE ®. The water-resistant CROSSTAPE ®’s are free of medication and active ingredients. The tapes are applied directly over points of pain, muscular trigger points and acupuncture points. Depending on the stresses applied (such as showering, swimming, sport or work), they can adhere to the skin for a period up to several days.

How does CROSSTAPE ® work

KUMBRINK CROSSTAPE ® is made of dual mixed fibres and is attached to a specially coated backing paper. When pulled off the backing paper, the CROSSTAPE ®’s are charged up electrostatically so that they are suitable for CROSSPUNCTURE ® Therapy. This means that the CROSSTAPE ® has a surplus of electrical charge once pulled off the backing paper that cannot discharge by itself. Once the CROSSTAPE ® has been charged in this manner, it is applied to the skin to stimulate the areas of pain and acupuncture points where it slowly releases its electrical charge.

KUMBRINK-CROSSTAPE ® are available in the sizes M, L and XL. The size M is used most of the time. Size L, XL or several size M tapes can be used on larger areas of pain. When doing so, it is important to remember that CROSSTAPE ®’s are not elastic and are unable to follow the skin when it is stretched. It is therefore preferable to use several size M-CROSSTAPE ® on areas where the skin is subject to strong stretching. The larger tapes are suitable for parts of the body less subject to stretch, such as the outer surfaces of the thigh and shoulder or the shin, etc.

For more information please browse the new crosspuncture.com site.

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Hosting a K-Taping course is a great opportunity to educate your staff (and others) on the innovative techniques and products offered by the K-Taping Academy Canada (KTAC). It also provides tremendous value to your clinic and patients.

The KTAC offers three (3) courses: K-Taping Pro, K-Taping Sports and K‑Taping for Women’s Health. All three courses are provided by trained and authorized K‑Taping Instructors and each course is given over a period of two (2) days, usually during weekends.

 

Getting started is easy: you can fill out the registration form online or give us a call at 1‑800-561-0310 ext 1710.

 

Training Supplies and Education Material

Each participant will receive a free K-Taping Kit at the beginning of the course (as shown on the image). The kit includes a K-Taping Course Manual, 4 rolls of K-Tape, and other practical items.
The course supplies will be sent to the hosting clinic at least three (3) business days before the scheduled training date.
An access to the International Forum, in order to review techniques, cueing, new content and programming is also included in the Kit.

 

Registration and Payment

Once a training session is scheduled, participants will be able to register through the K‑Taping Academy Canada website. Hosting clinics can designate the training to be either public or private. If the clinic chooses to host a public training, we will display the details on our website and anyone interested will be able to register for the event. If the clinic chooses to host a private training, we will provide them with a private registration link for their selected participants to register.

The clinic may choose to pay in advance for the required minimum number of participants. If the clinic chooses this option, they will be required to submit payment in full at the time of the booking. The names of participants will also be required in advance for this option.

 

Minimum Attendance

We require a minimum of 12 participants for each training unless otherwise agreed upon during the scheduling process. If the hosting clinic fails to meet the minimum required, they will be responsible for paying for the difference between the number of participants on the day of the training and the minimum required.

The clinic will be offered one free registration for an individual of their choosing. We will require the individual’s name during the clinic registration process or at least five (5) business days before the scheduled training. We will then get in touch with the selected individual for the free registration.

 

Promotion

We can promote the event (if public) on our website, social media accounts and e-mail newsletters. The hosting clinic is responsible for promoting the event throughout their appropriate promotion channels, local and regional contacts, other clinics and associations.

 

Space Requirements

Space requirements will vary depending on the K-Taping course selected. However, for most courses we require at least one (1) treatment table for every two (2) participants.

 

Hosting Clinic Requirements

The hosting clinic will be asked to nominate one individual (usually the free registrant) to assist with set-up, registration, breakdown and any other possible requirements during the day. If this person is not the free registrant, please provide us with the individual’s name and contact information at least five (5) business days before the scheduled training. If possible, we also request that you provide a screen or wall for the PowerPoint presentation, a trash can, black garbage bags and writing utensils.

 

Training Length

Trainings are from 8am to 4pm for a total of eight (8) hours unless otherwise agreed upon during the clinic scheduling process and are usually scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays.

 

Cancellations

After both parties have mutually agreed on a training date, the hosting clinic is expected to make every effort to hold the training as scheduled. If the hosting clinic is unable to provide the stated facility due to exceptional or unforeseen circumstances, the hosting clinic will provide us with an alternative venue of equal size in the local area.

We reserve the right to cancel up to seven (7) days before the training date for extenuating circumstances or if the minimum participants’ requirement is not met. Should this occur, a full refund will be issued to all participants. All of our trainings are non-refundable unless approved by the Director of the KTAC. Any request for cancellation must be submitted to the Director six (6) weeks prior to the training date. A cancellation fee of up to 50% of the minimum participant cost may apply.

 

Discounts

We provide the hosting clinics with one free registration as well as group discounts. Group discounts will be granted to clinics ensuring a minimum of 12 participants or a clinic that chooses to pay in advance for the minimum amount of participants.

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This type of injury is very common in contact sports. An impact to the muscles can cause more damage than you might expect and should be treated with respect. The muscle is crushed against the bone. If not treated correctly or if treated too aggressively then Myositis Ossificans may occur.

In addition to the P.R.I.C.E. method to all three grades of contusion, first apply a Lymphatic K-Taping application to the site of the injury.The fibrosis tape is a special lymphatic correction technique that loosens up protein-rich deposits and improves lymph flow.

First, apply the base of the fan cut tape proximal on the fibrosis. Appy the strips of tape with maximal stretch over and away from the injury site. Finish the application with the two-finger wide end unstretched. Apply the second tape 90 degrees rotated compared to the first base of tape 1. For better adhesion and pain inhibition, rub the tape strips for 30 seconds.

 

Examples of Hematoma K-Taping techniques:

 

 

 

 

Taping of rib contusion – K-Taping Academy Sport Book

 

 

 

 

Taping of the elbow – K-Taping Academy Sport Book

 

 

 

 

Taping of the thigh – K-Taping Academy Sport Book

 

 

Save time and try the Lymph Cuts by K-Tape
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Training

Those who would like to learn and use this valuable and effective therapy method should first complete the Academy training and not attempt to learn it on their own, as it is only in a supervised, practical training course that one can learn how to correctly apply the special techniques required when working with elastic K-Tape, and learn the specific body positioning needed when treating athletes or other patients.

 

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On behalf of the ShopTalk Blog Canadian Physio Association.

 

 

Lois Pohlod, B.Sc.P.T., McGill University 1979

 

 

 

 

After 35 years in physiotherapy, Lois Pohlod shares some tips on how to work with elite athletes  

My greatest achievement is how I’ve managed to get the most out of my career as a physiotherapist by working with active Canadians.  It is very rare that a physiotherapist can make a living working only with a National Sport Organization.  High performance sport has been a fun addition to my life, but has not been my entire focus.

Another proud achievement has been working in private practice and helping people of all ages with a variety of sport and work backgrounds return to normal.

Rio’s 2016 Canadian Health Services Team was experienced, skilled, flexible, and a pleasure to work with.  Having the opportunity to work with athletes from a range of sports and such an amazing team was a career highlight. If you’re a student or young professional looking to work with elite athletes, here is some advice for making it happen.

My first piece of advice is to have fun.  Really listen to what your patients say when they describe their injury. The diagnosis will often come to you before you have finished the assessment.

If you have the chance, work in a multidisciplinary setting so that you can be part of a team working towards optimal health for your patients.  Learn from all the health care professionals you work with – their experience will help you become a great therapist.

New physiotherapists should also remember to take their time with courses.  There are so many post graduate courses available, including acupuncture, manual therapy, dry needling, and functional movement.  It is hard to decide where to start!

I suggest spending the early part of your career developing assessment and clinical reasoning skills. Take courses in a way that you can digest and practice your new skills. It is both financially and mentally difficult to pack all the courses into the first few years of your career.   I always tell people to enjoy the journey. You have 35+ years to fill your toolbox!

Physiotherapy has so many areas where you can specialize.  I am now an instructor with K-Taping International Academy and I have had the privilege of working with the Women’s Health Division to develop a K-Taping for Women’s/Pelvic Health course.  These physiotherapists have knowledge and skills that compliment those of the orthopedic therapist.

The discussions during the course are most interesting and provide lots of time to reflect on what approach to treatment is best.  CPA’s Divisions  offer a wide variety of specialties – it will take a career to gain all the knowledge that is available!

If working with elite athletes is your goal, join the SPC and take advantage of the mentorship program.  The Sport Physiotherapy Certificate, Diploma and Clinical Specialty Program graduate holders are willing to help those who are working through the system.

Gain experience in many different sports. Athletes who play contact sports (unfortunately) have a great deal of injuries, but this is a good field to gain experience.  Be willing to volunteer your time to gain experience as most sports do not have an adequate budget, especially at the local and provincial level.   Check with the provincial sport organizations to see if they have a trainer or therapist development program in place.

About Lois Pohlod, B.Sc.P.T., McGill University 1979

 

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The CROSSPUNCTURE ® Therapy can be used for local points of pain, trigger points, tense muscles, painful joints, headaches, painful scars and many more indications. CROSSPUNCTURE ® can also be used for an acupuncture-like treatment without the use of needles.

How does the human body function?

Very small electrical impulses control a large number of functions and information processing in the human body. Whether muscular, fascial or neural functions or acupuncture points, the body frequently uses measurable electrical circuits and resistance. The skin is an important organ here. The largest human organ, equipped with a multitude of receptors and complexly connected to the inner organs and the brain, is able to farther transmit information, pain and perceptive input. Whether for diagnostics (ECG) or treatment (electrostimulation devices), the medical field has already been taking advantage of how the skin functions and its connections for many years now. The same applies to acupuncture, where the exact location of the acupuncture points to be treated are found via their electrical charge.

Injuries, diseases, scars and tense muscles – all of these affect the body’s electrical conduction system and result in dysfunction and pain being transmitted to the brain.

The fundamental component of the CROSSPUNCTURE ® Therapy is CROSSTAPE ®. The water-resistant CROSSTAPE ®’s are free of medication and active ingredients. The tapes are applied directly over points of pain, muscular trigger points and acupuncture points. Depending on the stresses applied (such as showering, swimming, sport or work), they can adhere to the skin for a period up to several days.

How does CROSSTAPE ® work

KUMBRINK CROSSTAPE ® is made of dual mixed fibres and is attached to a specially coated backing paper. When pulled off the backing paper, the CROSSTAPE ®’s are charged up electrostatically so that they are suitable for CROSSPUNCTURE ® Therapy. This means that the CROSSTAPE ® has a surplus of electrical charge once pulled off the backing paper that cannot discharge by itself. Once the CROSSTAPE ® has been charged in this manner, it is applied to the skin to stimulate the areas of pain and acupuncture points where it slowly releases its electrical charge.

KUMBRINK-CROSSTAPE ® are available in the sizes M, L and XL. The size M is used most of the time. Size L, XL or several size M tapes can be used on larger areas of pain. When doing so, it is important to remember that CROSSTAPE ®’s are not elastic and are unable to follow the skin when it is stretched. It is therefore preferable to use several size M-CROSSTAPE ® on areas where the skin is subject to strong stretching. The larger tapes are suitable for parts of the body less subject to stretch, such as the outer surfaces of the thigh and shoulder or the shin, etc.

For more information please browse the new crosspuncture.com site.

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Lois Pohlod, Physiotherapist, Diploma Sport Physiotherapy Canada, K-Taping Instructor-Chief Therapist Canada, 2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janerio

 

Congratulations Lois! The K-Taping Academy Canada is very proud that Lois was named Chief Therapist Canada for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Lois was also presented with the Lifetime Member Award at the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Congress 2016. In addition to Sport Physiotherapy Canada, Lois uses her training in acupuncture and manual therapy along with K-Taping techniques in the treatment of all active Canadians.

Good luck to Lois and Team Canada in #Rio2016.

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K-Taping can support an extraordinarily wide range of therapies and represents an effective tool for every physiotherapist who knows the method. Practitioners do not need to employ medicines or other pharmaceutical agents: simply applying the correct technique in conjunction with the appropriate K-Tape products produces optimal results. For example, here are 5 neurological applications created by Birgit Kumbrink, physiotherapist and founder of the K-Taping method:

 

Nervus Trigeminus

  • Nervus Trigeminus. The aim of this muscle technique is to relieve pain on all three branches. In most cases, the middle branch is affected. In contrast, to other nerve applications, this application is applied to the face without tension. The tape is divided into three strips. The base is attached in the front of the outer ear. Anchor the base with skin displacement and affix the individual tape strips with no tension, across the forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. The tape should cross the site of pain.

 Facial Paresis

  • Facial Paresis. This fascia correction technique lifts the affected corner of the mouth. As a result, drooling is reduced. The strip of tape is in the form of a box and divided into three parts. The base is fixed close to the corner of the mouth and using facial technique with 50% tension, apply the tape with rhythmic extension in the direction of the cheekbone. Affix the end of the tape without tension.

Extension of the Finger 

  • Extension of the Finger. This fascia technique is used to improve extension of the finger if there is a deficiency that is related to a neurological condition. The I strip tape  is attached below the fingernail. The finger is placed in the correct position manually. Using the fascia technique, tape is affixed proximally across the hand with 80% tension. 

Rotation of the Upper Arm

  • Rotation of the Upper Arm. This fascia technique is used to facilitate external rotation of the upper arm. The I strip is anchored above the condylus medialis humeri. Place the arm in the correct position manually, and use the fascia technique to affix the tape with 80% tension, moving rhythmically in a spiral around the arm and finish below the acromion. Attach the remainder of the tape to the scapula, unstretched. 

Colonic Support

  • Colonic Support. A fascia technique that follows the course of the large intestine to improve colonic function due a neurological disorder or following surgery. Divide an I-tape strip into two parts. The base is anchored at the level of the cecum. Use the fascia technique to affix the tape with 50% tension, moving rhythmically and following the course of the colon. Attached the tape end unstretched.

 

 

Courtesy of “Kumbrink K-Taping Second Edition, An Illustrated Guide

 

Those who would like to learn and use this valuable and effective therapy method in their clinic should first complete the academy training and not attempt to learn it on their own, as it is only in supervised, practical training that one can learn how to correctly apply the special techniques required when working with elastic K-Tape. For more information on the K-Taping course schedule in Canada, please refer to K-Taping Canada.

 

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This type of injury is very common in contact sports. An impact to the muscles can cause more damage than you might expect and should be treated with respect. The muscle is crushed against the bone. If not treated correctly or if treated too aggressively then Myositis Ossificans may occur. In addition to the R.I.C.E. method to all three grades of contusion, first apply a lymphatic K-Taping application to the site of the injury.The fibrosis tape is a special lymphatic correction technique that loosens up protein-rich deposits and improves lymph flow. First, apply the base of the Lymph Pre-Cuts proximal on the fibrosis. Appy the strips of tape with maximal stretch over and away from the injury site. Finish the application with the two-finger wide end unstretched. Apply the second tape 90 degrees rotated compared to the first base of tape 1. For better adhesion and pain inhibition, rub the tape strips for 30 seconds. 

Those who would like to learn the K-Taping method in their work should first complete the K-Taping Academy training.