Elastic Taping for Lymphedema

Course Description

This course will teach you how to safely and effectively utilize the techniques of elastic taping on patients with lymphedema. After an introduction to the history and theory of elastic taping, you will learn techniques of elastic taping for patients with lymphedema of the upper and lower extremity and/or difficult-to-bandage areas such as the trunk, breast and head & neck.

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By engaging with the course, you will:

  • Acquire an understanding of the principles of elastic taping.
  • Acquire an understanding of the indications and contraindications for the use of elastic tape on patients with lymphedema.
  • Learn to safely and effectively apply elastic tape on patients with lymphedema of the head & neck and trunk, including those with breast lymphedema.
  • Learn to safely and effectively apply elastic tape on patients with lymphedema of an upper extremity with persistent hand swelling.
  • Learn to safely and effectively apply elastic tape on patients with lymphedema of a lower extremity.

Lecture handouts are EMAILED upon registration and payment. Learners are encouraged to have a roll of kinesio tape to practice the techniques taught in the online class. You will have 3 MONTHS of access to the online course, starting when you receive your username and password by email. Once Klose Training receives your completed registration and payment for the course, you will be EMAILED with instructions within three business days. You must respond to the email in order to receive the lecture handouts (by email) and your username and password.

Ruth Coopee, OTR/L, CHT, CLT, LMT, received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 1983 from Texas Woman’s University. Since graduation she has worked with patients across the lifespan–children in the school system to long-term care geriatrics–in a variety of settings from acute-care hospital burn, neuro and orthopedic units, subacute rehab to skilled nursing facilities and HMO clinics. Specializing in Hand Therapy she developed a number of outpatient Hand Therapy programs and achieved Hand Therapy Certification in 1991.

She has lectured on national, international, local and college levels addressing various topics involving rehabilitation of the Hand/Upper Extremity and Lymphedema. Ruth served as an adjunct professor at Worcester State College where she developed a Hand Therapy course for both undergraduates & postgraduates. Later she served as an associate professor in the OTA program at Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts.

Her special interest lies in the biomechanics of posture and its relationship to fascial and structural dysfunction. Since 1989 she has been studying and incorporating “Indirect” Myofascial Release, Muscle Energy, Feldendrais, Strain/Counterstrain, Craniosacral Techniques, and Zero Balancing into her treatment. Her focus on fascia and the “Whole-body approach” led to Certification in 1997 for Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage and Combined Degongestive Therapy.

Ruth has been using Kinesio Taping since its arrival to the USA from Japan in 1995 and teaching on the topic since 1996. She is a Ceritied Kinesio Taping Instructor and serves as the Occupational Therapy consultant to the Kinesio Taping Association. She was awarded “Instructor of the Year 2004” at the first Kinesio Taping Conference held in the USA, recognized for research on the use of Kinesio Taping for Lymphedema, and was a guest speaker at the 15th Annual Kinesio Taping International Symposium held in Tokyo Japan, November 1999.

This course is an advanced level class. Students should be Certified Lymphedema Therapists or have other specialized training in lymphedema. Students can be physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapist assistants, medical doctors, physician assistants, speech therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, or massage therapists with sufficient prior training.

NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the skills acquired in this class are within their scope of practice.

The total tuition for the course is $190. Please click on the link to print the registration form or to register online
The following student agreement must be signed and submitted before the commencement of class. KTC Online Courses Student Agreement

After you finish the online content, you are encouraged to complete the online quiz. Completion of the quiz is mandatory if you wish to receive online continuing education hours/credit. You must answer 80% or more of the questions correctly to pass the quiz.

After successfully passing the quiz and returning the signed Learner Agreement to Klose Training, you will be mailed a Certificate of Completion verifying your online course hours. The Elastic Taping for Lymphedema online course offers 6.5 contact hours of online continuing education for physical, occupational, and massage therapists. Online course hours are approved for Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) re-certification. For more information about KTC’s CEU approvals, click here

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