First ever Kinesio Taping Course in Sri Lanka

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Have you ever wondered what the coloured tape athletes like Novak Djokovic, David Beckham or Lance Armstrong have been wearing is all about? It is called Kinesio Taping, a taping method which has been around since the 1970s but popularised mainly after the Olympics of 2008 and 2012. For the first time in Sri Lanka medical doctors, physiotherapists and other health professionals have the opportunity to follow the Kinesio Taping KT1 KT2 course in Colombo conducted by Kinesio India, a subsidiary of Kinesio Taping Association International. The two day course is open to medical doctors, physiotherapists and other health professionals with a solid background in anatomy and physiology and is scheduled to be held on 27 and 28 June 2014 in Colombo. This course which covers the concepts and techniques of Kinesio Taping is named KT1 and KT2 and the participants will be given an internationally recognised certificate at the conclusion of it. After successful completion of an advanced KT3 (need to complete KT1 and KT2 before doing KT3) course at a later date, the participants will be eligible to obtain accreditation as a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP), recognised across the world. Dr. Abhiya Gupta, the instructor for the course in Colombo is a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor (CKTI) and works for Kinesio India and also works as a physiotherapist at Medihope Superspeciality Hospital in Bangalore, India. She has been trained in the Kinesio Taping method by Dr. Kenzo Kase, the founder of Kinesio Taping. The Kinesio Taping Method is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. Additionally, this method of taping helps prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within clinical settings. Although this treatment has been popularised by athletes, this tape is safe for a diverse population ranging from children to the elderly, suffering from orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, this tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas. This tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to normalcy. It can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatment modalities and is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases of an injury as well as being used for preventative measures.