FMT Basic

by Dr Steve Capobioanco

Online Course
C$ 210

Includes all course content in digital format

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Until now, choices were limited if you wanted to learn how to use kinesiology tape.

You had to read a book or attend an expensive class that locked you into one way of applying tape.

Not anymore.

FMT Basic introduces functional kinesiology taping methods that can improve the movement and performance of patients and clients. It includes a review of current literature supporting the theories that describe and delineate specific techniques of applying kinesiology taping for enhancement of rehabilitation or performance outcomes. Evidence-based chapters in this course include topics of technique, theory, and practical lab experience in areas such as pain management; edema/swelling control, and proprioceptive guidance to enhance postural positioning. Kinesiology taping for scar mobility and symptoms associated with nerve entrapment are introduced in this course.

FMT Basic is an evidence-informed kinesiology taping course that advances students’ understanding of the efficacy of elastic therapeutic taping as a rehabilitation and performance intervention for patient and client conditions ranging from pain mitigation to improving fluid dynamics and sharpening proprioception. FMT Basic methodically examines the research-influenced content basis for a practical framework of ‘taping movement, not muscles’ replacing an outdated model of taping techniques which was focused on directional taping, specific percentages of stretch applied to the tape, and the concept of activation or inhibition of muscles.

Functional Movement Training (FMT) courses are taught by industry-leading experts in movement assessment, performance, and rehabilitation. CEUs may be offered for DC, ATC, PT, LMTs, LAc, OTs, and personal trainers. If your profession & province is unavailable, we do not currently offer CEUs – however, we are continually adding additional licenses. You can also choose to self-submit to your governing body. Y

Note: Tools are not provided with this course.

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Learning Objectives

  • Define and discuss the physiological effects of kinesiology taping on the body
  • Demonstrate, via application, functional taping techniques that are specifically designed to influence injury, edema, neurologic conditions, scar and posture
  • Demonstrate and discuss how the fascial system functions, and how kinesiology tape interfaces with the mechanical, chemical and neurosensory sub-systems of fascia
  • Understand and differentiate fluid dynamics taping applications for acute edema and chronic fluid dysfunction conditions using the jellyfish taping method
  • Discover and experiment with various tape application techniques for common musculoskeletal injury conditions such as low back discomfort*, shoulder strains, ankle sprains and post-operative patient/client care
  • Demonstrate and apply posture taping applications for correction of common chronic postural deficits of the upper and lower spine regions
  • Discuss and interpret kinesiology taping techniques for neurologic entrapment syndromes and scar tissue management

Course Procedure

This course is 6 hours in length and a 30 Question multiple choice quiz will be required after completing the course to receive your CEU certificate. A 70% test score is required to pass and receive CEUs. The quiz can be open book and unlimited attempts on the quiz are allowed.

Course Content

FMT Basic Tape

Steve Capobianco, DC


Dr. Capobianco holds a B.A. and M.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in addition to a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. Steve is a practicing sports chiropractor, currently holding a Diplomate in Rehab from the ACA, in addition he is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, and a Performance Enhancement Specialists from the NASM. He is a certified in Active Release and Graston Technique provider that allows him to treat a myriad of musculoskeletal injuries using a combination of hand and tool release therapy.

Steve recently launched a sports specific rehab and performance institute called ProjectMOVE in Denver Colorado that focuses on identifying motor control dysfunction in an attempt to enhance human performance from the professional athlete to weekend warrior.

Steve is an avid athlete with a passion for sports. He has spent 25 years competing in ice hockey, lacrosse, triathlons, adventure racing, and natural bodybuilding. Steve is the Medical Director

Hour One

  • Overview of outline of the course; introduction of topics that will be covered as well as description of practical lab experience and presentation of case studies.
  • What is FMT? Functional Movement Training

Introduction of Taping History (Ch 1)

  • Types of taping, rigid vs dynamic tape
  • Kinesiology taping and its popularity
  • Kinesiology tape – features and characteristics
  • Tape application, skin preparation techniques
  • Reducing risks involved in kinesiology taping
  • Past and future taping techniques, trends and movements

Skin Anatomy/Physiology and Tape Mechanisms (Ch 2)

  • Skin-brain connection
  • Sensory system, discussion of hair follicles and skin receptors
  • Cortical Homunculus Review

Pain Mitigation (Ch 3)

  • Pain Gate Theory
  • Neuromatrix Model
  • Biopsychosocial Model of Pain (BPS)
  • Science Literature Review

Decompression Effect of Tape (Ch 4)

  • Looking under the skin with MSK Ultrasound
  • Science Literature Review

Neurosensory Input Effect of Tape (Ch 5)

  • Importance of brain’s role in movement
  • Effects of Tape on Balance, Tactile Acuity
  • Science Literature Review
  • Does direction of tape and amount of tape stretch matter

Kinesiology Tape (Ch 6&7)

  • Qualities of Kinesiology Tape
  • General taping application rules
  • Indications/Contraindications
  • Negotiables and non-negotiables for technique

Hour Two

Pain Mitigation Taping – Spine (Ch 8)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Pain – Lumbar Spine, Cervical Spine
  • Spine Pain – practical lab experience, instructor feedback

Pain Mitigation Taping – Knee (Ch 9)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Pain- Knee
  • Knee Pain – practical lab experience, instructor feedback

Pain Mitigation Taping – Lower Extremity (Ch 10)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Pain – Foot, Achilles, Calf, Shin
  • Lower Extremity Pain – practical lab experience, instructor feedback 

Hour Three 

Pain Mitigation Taping – Upper Extremity (Ch 11)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Pain – Elbow and Wrist
  • Lower Extremity Pain –  practical lab experience, instructor feedback

Pain Mitigation Taping – Shoulder (Ch 12)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Pain – Shoulder
  • Shoulder Pain –  practical lab experience, instructor feedback

Hour Four

Fluid Dynamics Taping (Ch 13)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Fluid Dynamics
  • Fluid dynamic practical, lab experience with jellyfish taping technique, upper extremity lymphedema technique, post surgical techniques, instructor feedback

Hour Five

Posture Taping (Ch 14)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Posture
  • Posture evaluation of entire kinetic chain
  • Common postural dysfunctions
  • Taping methods for common postural dysfunctions, lab experience, instructor feedback
  • Exercise intervention for common postural dysfunctions

Hour Six

  • Taping methods for common postural dysfunctions, lab experience, instructor feedback
  • Exercise intervention for common postural dysfunctions continued

Nerve Entrapment and Scar Mobility Taping Introduction (Ch 15, &16)

  • Nerve Entrapment Conditions Taping Rationale
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Nerve Entrapments
  • Instructor Demonstration of taping techniques for nerve entrapment issues
  • Clinical Relevance of Scar Taping
  • Instructor Demonstration of scar taping technique with alternating skin shear vectors

Movement Matters (Ch 17)

  • Introduction to fascial chain taping concepts
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