Certified Kinesio Taping® Practitioner (CKTP) Program

Presented by Menalie Burns

Course Features

  • cropped-new-hoc-favicon-1.png Type – Live
  • cropped-new-hoc-favicon-1.png Duration – 16 CEU Hours
  • cropped-new-hoc-favicon-1.png Appropriate for - PTs, PTAs, OTs, OTAs, Chiro, Athletic Trainers, MDs, Licensed Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists
  • cropped-new-hoc-favicon-1.png Language – English

Please note that all Kinesio Tape Courses will be held at our headquarters at: 32-44 31st Street Astoria, NY 11106

Course Description

Kinesio Taping® changes the lives of patients and athletes around the world. Join the thousands of Certified Kinesio Taping® Practitioners who have enriched their lives by mastering this method of treatment. In partnership with the Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI), Hands-On Seminars is proud to offer CKTP certification!

Kinesio Tape has advantageous effects such as:

  1. Increasing proprioception by providing constant cutaneous afferent stimulation through the skin.
  2. Realigning fascial tissue function by normalizing muscle tension.
  3. Creating more space for improving circulation of blood and lymph flow by eliminating extra fluid, edema, or bleeding beneath the skin.
  4. Correcting muscle function by strengthening muscle weakness.
  5. Decreasing pain through neurological suppression. It has also been stated that KT can be used in the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries or as a preventative measure; it is designed to assist the body’s natural healing process, provide support and stability to muscles and joints without limiting range of motion, and to extend the benefits of manual therapy by providing extended soft tissue manipulation.7

The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive 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 provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the concepts of Kinesio Taping®.
  • Review muscular anatomy as it is related to Kinesio Taping®.
  • Explain and apply the concepts of the Kinesio Taping® Method.
  • Describe the unique qualities of the Kinesio Tex Tape.
  • Recognize the principles of Kinesio Tex Tape application.
  • Utilize and demonstrate application skills in guided laboratory sessions.
  • Demonstrate application skills during lab sessions.
  • Practice the various cutting techniques and their clinical application.
  • Apply Kinesio Taping® methods to relax and stimulate muscles.
  • Apply Kinesio Taping® methods for pain, swelling, joint mobility, and stability.
  • Apply various taping techniques for treatment of the spine, and upper/ lower extremity dysfunction.
  • Apply various taping techniques for treatment of unique conditions using the concepts and principles of the Kinesio Taping® Method.

Requirements to become a CKTP

  • Complete KT1/2 and KT3 Seminars.
  • Pass CKTP Exam with 80% or higher (Exam is an additional $99).
  • Maintain KTAI annual membership. There are different levels of membership to choose from.

The KT4 Sports/Orthopedic Course

The KT4 Sports/Orthopedic course is focused on sports conditions. During the KT4 Sports/Orthopedic course, attendees will practice their skills on a variety of applications correlated with specific clinical sports conditions. This course is designed to give attendees guidelines on how to combine the concepts learned in the KT1, KT2, and KT3 courses with the concepts of sports medicine.

This course is also designed to give attendees the chance to learn and practice specific applications related to specific sports dysfunctions. During this course, attendees will face problem-solving and specific taping techniques correlated with the healing process of joint and soft tissues, posture correction to provide stimulations to restore good posture for athletes and lower and upper limb injuries.

Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to combine the Kinesio Taping Method with specific sports conditions following guidelines learned during this course and developing the skills necessary to adapt Kinesio Taping Techniques to specific needs of athletes.

This will enable the attendees to create an individualized treatment correlated to the phase of the healing process as well as the specific sports injury, sport performed, and position that the athlete occupies on the field.

Course Objectives

  • Enhances achieving the common objectives of Sports Medicine Practitioners.
  • Learn Kinesio Taping Methods for:
    • Common athletic injuries.
    • Recognizing “local” vs. “global” issues.
    • Treating overuse issues.
    • Treating the cause of the symptoms.
    • Improving the clinical condition of the athletes correlated to athletic performance.
  • Integration of the Kinesio Taping Method into the treatment protocol of an injury from the initial onset of the injury, healing stages, rehabilitation, and return to activity:
    • Teaching and learning the proper posture, core strength, and movement patterns can be greatly enhanced with the proper use of the Kinesio Taping Method.
  • Review and study the current trends of the Kinesio Taping Method in relation to current trends in Sports Medicine.

The KT4 Pediatric Course

Our KT4 Pediatric Course is designed to provide advanced Kinesio Taping techniques and problem-solving to physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, massage therapists, athletic trainers, and other health professionals specializing in pediatrics.

Kinesio Taping is a method of treatment for musculoskeletal and Myofascial disorders. Kinesio Taping can be used during physical activity and in conjunction with many therapeutic interventions. Attendees will review theory and basic taping techniques, learn advanced and combination techniques, and develop clinical reasoning skills relevant to the pediatric population.

The course will also provide commonly used taping techniques for specific diagnoses, including cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, torticollis, and brachial plexus injury; as well as pediatric sports-related injuries.

Course Objectives

  • Develop proficient knowledge of basic Kinesio Taping principles, properties, and techniques.
  • Be able to identify three specific muscle synergies/patterns and Kinesio Taping techniques to facilitate muscle balance and alignment.
  • Learn four advanced Kinesio Taping techniques.
  • Become familiar with commonly used Kinesio Taping techniques for specific pediatric diagnoses.
  • Be exposed to adjunctive treatment options for specific pediatric diagnosis.
  • Be involved with problem-solving strategies for treatment utilizing Kinesio Taping.


Melanie J. Burns, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTI

Melanie J. Burns has been a Physical Therapist since 1998 and specializes in pediatrics in her practice. She received her Doctorate at Daemen College in 2006. Since becoming a CKTP she has been using Kinesio Taping on a daily basis with the children she treats.

Melanie became a CKTI in 2014 after assisting for several years in Kinesio Taping Seminars. She has teaching and workshop experience in Kinesio Taping and numerous other areas such as Pediatric Outcome Measures, Torticollis, Adaptive Equipment and NDT. Melanie feels that the main basis for her treatment intervention has been the Neuro Developmental Treatment approach: using her hands to guide children’s bodies into proper positions in order for the child to progress through typical developmental movement patterns.

“My hands have been my best therapeutic tool as a therapist, and after having learned the Kinesio Taping Methods, I have used the Kinesio Tape as a second set of hands.” As a pediatric physical therapist, she takes to heart her responsibility to provide the best possible treatment interventions to meet each patient’s and each family’s needs. Kinesio Taping is one way she fulfills that responsibility.

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