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Conference Workshop

How and why to use Elastic Therapeutic Tape / Kinesiology Tape as an important adjunct in the treatment of neurodevelopmental conditions in children


Speaker: Esther de Ru


File 189259Esther graduated in 1977 and started off working as a physiotherapist in a geriatric hospital and various private clinics.  She certified in manual therapy, sports, spinal management and orofacial disorders.  She managed her own clinic for more than 20 years.  She is certified in NDT, Bugnet, Bobath, Vojta, PNF, SEAS and Sensory Motor therapy and became a registered paediatric physiotherapist in the Netherlands in 1994. She has worked in various European countries and was Chair of the Cie Practice of the WCPT’s subgroup  IOPTP (2011-2015).  Her​ current interest lies in: scoliosis treatment, bindegewebsmassage (Connective Tissue Method) and the possibilities of using elastic therapeutic tape (Kinesio) tape.  She has developed courses related to taping in various areas including paediatric, scoliosis and oral-motor disorders and she moderates a number of FB pages related to our profession.  She is also the author of 'Elastic therapeutic Taping in Paediatrics'.

The Workshop


The newest studies about touch are highlighting the great importance of skin in therapy.  Elastic Therapeutic Tape (ETT)  is being used more and more with patients, and not only athletes, as a skin stimulus with powerful effects.  It is possible to influence pain, blood and lymph flow, posture, gait and ROM with tape.  Research using fMRI, MRI, SonorImaging and electromyography is adding to our understanding of the effects of tape on the human body.  The application of tape, together with a targeted exercise to regain strength, is a powerful tool.  Positive results can be seen in patients of all ages with a range of conditions including cerebral palsy and rectus abdominus distasis (RAD).


At the completion of the workshop the participant should be able to:


  • Have insight into the physiological and neurological effect of tape on the skin;
  • Have experienced the effects of tape and discuss the uses of tape to influence movement, plan treatment and assess where tape is needed;
  • Apply test-patching and tapes safely to the skin.


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