Kinesio Taping in the Equine Field.
Kinesio Taping in the Equine Field.
Human athletes are not the only ones to benefit from Kinesio Taping. More and more horse owners are discovering that Kinesio Tape has many advantages in equine use, as well. Since only certified professionals can use this taping method, you know that your horse will be properly taped for maximum support with full range of motion.
Who Can Apply Kinesio Tape for Equines?
Veterinarians who wish to become certified in Kinesio Taping for Horses must have the authorization to practice within their home country. They must have been in practice for one year or more and have a license or a degree.
If you’re an animal therapist, you must be trained specifically in the equine field. You need to be certified as an animal physical therapist or have a similar certification. You should have at least two years of practice since you were certified.
Equine chiropractic practitioners must have training specifically for horses and have a certificate that proves this. Likewise, if you are an animal certified doctor of osteopathy, you must provide a license or degree.
Equine massage therapists will need a certificate of completion of 300 hours in the field, and 50 of these hours must cover anatomy. You should have at least three years of practice since receiving your certificate. You also must be referred by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine.
Animal physical therapists and veterinary technicians must be certified in the equine field. They, too, must show 300 hours of practice and 50 hours must be in the area of anatomy study. If you don’t have a degree, you need to submit letters from your veterinary doctor or V.M.D.
Veterinary students who are in their last year can apply for eligibility for the KTE1 and KTE2 courses. The KTE3 course must be taken within a year after you graduate.
Students in programs specifically designated as equine massage therapy, osteopathy, chiropractic and animal physiology will not be accepted for training until they have their degree or license.
What Type of Training is Required to Become an Equine Kinesio Taping Practitioner?
The KT Equine 1 course is the introduction for potential practitioners of the Kinesio Taping Method for Equines. This is an eight-hour course which is taken along with KTE2. This course:
- Introduces equine animal practitioners to KTM as it applies to horses.
- Allows students to learn the concepts of Kinesio Taping and the uses and properties of Kinesio Tex Tape Gold FP and other Kinesio tapes.
- Uses lab sessions for students to practice applications on equine patients.
- Gives attendees the information needed to discuss and then apply the Kinesio Taping Method to horses, to reduce swelling and pain, stimulate weak muscles and relax over-used muscles.
The KT Equine 2 course teaches students the concepts and techniques for horses. It builds on the materials that were learned in the first phase of equine-specific training. Students will learn the five proper corrective taping techniques and talk about the proper applications in different clinical conditions. This course also includes a workbook and a 60-day KTAI trial membership.
The KT Equine 3 course builds on the base of the first two courses. It gives students extra time for actual application. Your instructor will discuss equine-specific issues and upon completion, you will be able to request and then take an exam so that you can be a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner for Equines, also known as CKTP-E.
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