RockTape FMT Canine will address functional kinesiology taping methods to reduce or control pain, manage swelling or edema, increase joint range of motion and muscle function, and maintain a level of functionality and comfort for the dog throughout the rehabilitation process. Taping applications to maintain functionality and comfort in training and assist with recovery will be explored as a means to facilitating overall soundness in the canine athlete.

RockTape FMT Canine is based on the obvious yet largely overlooked concept of muscles acting as a chain. Classically the anatomy has been taught on the “isolated muscle theory”, focusing on individual muscle action, with very little regard for movement as a whole. As a result,many rehabilitation, prevention and training programs are based on rudimentary concepts that focus on muscles in isolation.

Course Details



Course Length



Run Time: 1.5 hours

Attendee: DVM/VMDs, LVT/CVTs, Physical Therapists, PTA’s, Students in these fields, Athletic Trainers

Required Equipment: Personal Computer, Tablet, or Smartphone with access to Broadband Internet (<1.4 mbps)

Course Evaluation: Yes

Certificate of Completion: Yes

Learning Objectives

Overall Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the physiological effects of kinesiology taping in both human and canine populations.
  • Master functional taping applications and understand their role in pain mitigation, rehabilitation, edema management of movement dysfunctions in the canine population
  • Introduce the concept of a longitudinal muscle chain approach to the elastic therapeutic taping and a myofascial sequencing model of “Taping movements, not muscles.”

Online Seminar

By the end of the online seminar, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the physiological effects of kinesiology tape on both the human and canine subject
  • Determine the indications and contraindications of kinesiology tape
  • Identify the steps required to effectively and safely apply kinesiology tape to help mitigate pain, improve fluid dynamics, and posture.


Steven Capobianco / Human Taping

  • Introduction and Guidelines
  • Taping for Lower Back Pain
  • Taping for Knee Pain
  • Taping for Shoulder Pain
  • Inflammation Control
  • Taping for Posture
  • Taping for Shoulder & Scapula

Matt Brunke / Canine Taping

  • FMT Canine: Introduction
  • Canine Taping: Back
  • Canine Taping: Foot
  • Canine Taping: Knee
  • Canine Taping: Knee, cont’d / Removing Tape
  • Canine Taping: Neck / Shoulder
  • Canine Taping: Rib / Shoulder
  • Caning Taping: RockBlade
  • Canine Taping: Tibia / Tarsus

Total: 1 hour 30 minutes