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.
Educational Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Instructional Method: Online/Distance Learning
AOTA Classifications: OT Process: Evaluation, Intervention, and Outcomes
- Describe the principles of elastic taping.
- List the indications and contraindications for the use of elastic tape on patients with lymphedema.
- Describe the procedures for safely and effectively applying elastic tape on patients with lymphedema of the head & neck and trunk, including those with breast lymphedema.
- Describe the procedure for safely and effectively applying elastic tape on patients with lymphedema of an upper extremity with persistent hand swelling.
- Describe the procedure for safely and effectively applying elastic tape on patients with lymphedema of a lower extremity.
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.
NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the skills acquired in this class are within their scope of practice.
To receive a Certificate of Completion, the student must be a licensed health care professional and watch all video portions of the course, pass an online quiz with a score of 80% or better, and return the required documents specified in the course. The Certificate will then be emailed to the student.