Kinesiology Taping Techniques for Swallowing Disorders

This course assumes a prior knowledge of dysphagia and anatomy/physiology of the head and neck. For an excellent review, we recommend bundling the ecourse Anatomy of Swallowing. You will find an option for a discounted bundle during checkout. VitalStim Providers and past attendees of John Kelly’s Myofascial Release and Other Manual Techniques in Dysphagia Management course may have already completed Anatomy of Swallowing (not sure?.., just ask CIAO). 

Elastic taping techniques have gained the attention of rehab providers offering support while allowing functional movement. This research-based modality has a variety of applications to address functional impairment. This course will focus on taping strategies relevant to dysphagia therapy. Therapeutic applications provide re-education of the neuromuscular system, influence lymphatic drainage, improve localized circulation and reduce pain. Diagnoses familiar to the dysphagia specialist benefit from its use. Taping strategies offer muscular inhibition as in craniomandibular hypertonus, muscular recruitment facilitating hyoid movement and minimize postural compensation related to sensory input. This course will educate the dysphagia clinician on the therapeutic benefit of taping to improve motor patterns and facilitate a client's functional independence. Though focused on the adult population, experienced pediatric clinicians can easily apply these techniques to the pediatric population. This course will be heavy in labs where participants will gain the confidence, they need to be successful.

Please wear lab attire that allows for access to the shoulder and between the scapula (e.g. loose fitting t-shirt, tank top etc.)

Appropriate Disciplines: SLP/SLPAs, OT/COTAs
Course Level: Intermediate
Assessment Methods: Hands-on labs, Q&A, Self-Assessment on Evaluation

NOTE: Participants who are attending this course on tour:

NOTE: Participants who are joining the Live Streaming event (and not a part of our live studio audience) should have the following available: 

  1. Alcohol prep pads (3-5) to clean the skin contact area
  2. Pair of scissors.
  3. Kinesiology tape (full roll if you have it; minimum 6 feet, any brand will work). This can be purchased at a drugstore or ask your Physical Therapy Dept to borrow some. The instructor will show how to cut for each lab practice.
  4. Lab partner We highly encourage you to have a lab partner available (friend or family member). One lab involves taping the scapula which is hard to do on yourself.


  1. Attend as part of the LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE in Gulf Breeze, Florida - Studio audience seats are limited - so register today!
  2. Attend via LIVE STREAM from anywhere around the world. Live stream participants will login to access the event from their computer.





Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Course Instructor(s)

John Kelly


A graduate of the University of St. Augustine’s graduate Physical Therapy Program. John has over 17 years’ experience with acute inpatient and hospital-based outpatient rehabilitation and currently an outpatient clinical director for Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. John continues to balance full time patient care with administrative responsibilities. John is NDT certified and an experienced manual orthopedic therapist working toward his clinical doctorate and manual therapy certification. John is a certified VitalStim® Instructor and has taught orthopaedic and electrotherapy courses across the country. John is an accomplished clinical instructor and consistently is recognized for his exceptional patient rapport and strong evaluations from course participants.

Financial Disclosure: John is a salaried employee for his position at Siskin Rehabilitation Hospital. John Kelly receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of his live courses. He also receives royalties for the purchase of his recorded course(s)
Non-financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Course Agenda

Day 1

07:30 - 08:00
Registration/Sign in (light refreshments provided)
08:00 - 08:15
Program overview/objectives
08:15 - 08:30
Anatomy and kinematics; oral, pharyngeal, esophageal and diaphragm breathing patterns
08:30 - 09:30
Integrating postural instability
09:30 - 10:00
Lab: hyolaryngeal palpation and myofascial/postural assessment
10:00 - 10:15
Taping application guidelines and treatment considerations
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 10:45
Lab/Discussion: tissue preparation with oral and facial myofascial release technique
10:45 - 12:00
Lab: taping application for the face and jaw
12:00 - 01:00
Lunch (30 minute lunch for live stream events)
01:00 - 01:15
Lab/Discussion: tissue preparation with anterior neck myofascial release technique
01:15 - 03:00
Lab: taping application for the anterior neck
03:00 - 03:15
03:15 - 03:30
Lab/Discussion: tissue preparation with trunk lateral wall myofascial release technique
03:30 - 04:45
Lab: taping application for the posterior neck, upper quadrant and trunk
04:45 - 05:00
Case study and discussion

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 7.5 Hrs.
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider (0.75 ASHA CEUs) ASHA Bubble Sheet must be completed at course
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider (0.75 AOTA CEUs)
  • ASHA CE Provider Approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (7.5 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an Illinois Approved Provider for PT/PTA Continuing Education
  • CIAO is recognized as an Approved Provider for PT/PTAs by the NYSE Dept State Board for PT
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes CIAO Seminars as an Approval Agency to Approve Providers Offering Continuing Competency Courses
  • The Physical Therapy Board of California has determined that CIAO meets the standards set forth in section 1399.95 of the CA Code of Regulations
  • The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE
  • This activity is provided by the TBPTE Accredited Prov. #2502009#TX
  • This activity meets the continuing competence requirements for PT/PTA license renewal in TX
  • CIAO is a Rule Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Physical Therapy
  • CIAO is an Approved Provider for the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
  • Approved for:
  • 7.5 Hrs. PT/PTAs in IL, TX(7.5 CCUs)
  • 9.0 Hrs. PT/PTAs in NY
  • 9.0 Hrs. OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-698099)

Course meets requirements for:

  • PT/PTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, IA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MO, MT,
  • PT/PTAs in NE, NH, NC, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY
  • OT/COTAs in AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, LA, KS, KY, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT,
  • OT/COTAs in NE, NV, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY

  • Intermediate Level
    0.75 ASHA CEUs

    The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

    CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)

    CIAO Automatically reports to CE Broker for Florida Occupational and Physical Therapists and Assistants. Florida SLPs can either use the ASHA CE Participant Form (Bubble Sheet) or self-submit through CE Broker.