FMT Basic

by Dr Steven Capobianco

Online Course

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Until now, choices were limited if you wanted to learn how to use kinesiology tape.

You had to read a book or attend an expensive class that locked you into one way of applying tape.

Not anymore.

FMT Basic introduces functional kinesiology taping methods that can improve the movement and performance of patients and clients. It includes a review of current literature supporting the theories that describe and delineate specific techniques of applying kinesiology taping for enhancement of rehabilitation or performance outcomes. Evidence based chapters in this course include topics of technique, theory and practical lab experience in areas such as pain management; edema/swelling control and proprioceptive guidance to enhance postural positioning. Kinesiology taping for scar mobility and symptoms associated with nerve entrapment are introduced in this course.

FMT Basic is an evidence-informed kinesiology taping course that advances students’ understanding of the efficacy of elastic therapeutic taping as a rehabilitation and performance intervention for patient and client conditions ranging from pain mitigation to improving fluid dynamics and sharpening proprioception. FMT Basic methodically examines the research-influenced content basis for a practical framework of ‘taping movement, not muscles’ replacing an outdated model of taping techniques which was focused on directional taping, specific percentages of stretch applied to the tape and the concept of activation or inhibition of muscles.

Functional Movement Training (FMT) courses are taught by industry leading experts in movement assessment, performance and rehabilitation. CEUs may be offered for DC, ATC, PT, LMTs, LAc, OTs and personal trainers. If your profession & state is unavailable, we do not currently offer CEUs – however, we are continually adding additional licenses.

Note: Tools are not provided with this course.

Available Course Credits

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Learning Objectives

  • Define and discuss the physiological effects of kinesiology taping on the body
  • Demonstrate, via application, functional taping techniques that are specifically designed to influence injury, edema, neurologic conditions, scar and posture
  • Demonstrate and discuss how the fascial system functions, and how kinesiology tape interfaces with the mechanical, chemical and neurosensory sub-systems of fascia
  • Understand and differentiate fluid dynamics taping applications for acute edema and chronic fluid dysfunction conditions using the jellyfish taping method
  • Discover and experiment with various tape application techniques for common musculoskeletal injury conditions such as low back discomfort*, shoulder strains, ankle sprains and post-operative patient/client care
  • Demonstrate and apply posture taping applications for correction of common chronic postural deficits of the upper and lower spine regions
  • Discuss and interpret kinesiology taping techniques for neurologic entrapment syndromes and scar tissue management

Course Procedure

This course is 6 hours in length and a 30 Question multiple choice quiz will be required after completing the course to receive your CEU certificate. A 70% test score is required to pass and receive CEUs. The quiz can be open book and unlimited attempts on the quiz are allowed.

Course Content

FMT Basic Tape
25% fee for cancellations on courses that have been marked as “in progress” - or partially viewed. Execution of refund is contingent upon the review of RockTape/Implus Footcare LLC to determine course status. Full refunds will be issued to those who have not reviewed any portion of the course and will be processed within 3-5 business days. Refunds expected to be returned to the original payment method used unless stated otherwise by RockTape/Implus Footcare LLC. Due to the method of delivery for these courses (i.e., on-demand), registration is ongoing and therefore does not have a registration deadline associated with it.
  • Do you offer discounts?

Yes, we offer military, student, and group discounts. For a student discount, please email a copy of your student ID or current course schedule with the year on it to Be sure to note the exact course you are enrolling in to receive a specific code (i.e. August 15th, 2023 Basic Webcast).

  • What are your hours of operation?

Monday-Thursday: 7a-4p EST

Friday: 7a-4p EST

Holidays may impact these hours.

  • Will I receive supplies with my course purchase?

This depends on the course type. The materials for a live course will be shipped to the course location and will be presented to you upon arrival. Webcast supplies will be sent directly to you and should be received on the week of. Our on-demand courses do not include supplies but can be purchased separately through our medical distribution partners. Please visit the "Get Medical Pricing" tab to purchase discounted materials for use in an on-demand course

  • When does course registration close?

For a webcast course:

Webcast registrations close the Friday of the week before the scheduled class date/time (8/9 days -unless otherwise stated).

For a live course:

Live course registrations close 24 hours before the scheduled course date/time.

  • I am enrolled in a webcast, but I have not received my supplies yet. Now what?

Supplies are sent manually on a course-by-course basis. This means your supplies and informational email will be sent to you on the week of. If you do not receive your supplies by the Thursday before the course, please reach out to for assistance.

  • Do I need to have someone with me to practice on during a webcast or an on-demand course?

No, it is not necessary for you to have a model with you while you complete the course. However, we do find it helpful to practice the principles as they are presented, so you are more than welcome to have someone present with you during the course. Note: Any model/person(s) who have not registered for the course will not receive a certificate or CEU credits.

  • Do I need to do anything to prepare myself before taking the post-course quiz?

Yes, please ensure you download the study guides located in the “Downloads” tab and complete your participant waiver (if you haven’t already).

  • When will I receive my certificate?

For a live/webcast course:

If you have completed all the course paperwork and quizzes, you will receive your certificate in approximately three weeks from the course completion date.

For an on-demand course:

You will receive your certificate immediately after completing your course.

  • How do I know if a course is approved for CEUs?

Please check the “CEU Details” tab on the course listing page. Each course, profession, and state have different approvals. If you do not see your profession and/or state on the CEU Details page, then we do not have approvals. You are more than welcome to check with your licensing board to see if the course meets their requirements.

  • I am enrolled in a webcast. How do I log in to access the webcast?

Once you register and complete your waiver you will receive login instructions that includes your password to the webcast. Please read this document carefully and in full.

  • Do you have any other questions or concerns?

Please reach out to

Steve Capobianco, DC


Dr. Capobianco holds a B.A. and M.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Science in addition to a doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine. Steve is a practicing sports chiropractor, currently holding a Diplomate in Rehab from the ACA, in addition he is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner, and a Performance Enhancement Specialists from the NASM. He is a certified in Active Release and Graston Technique provider that allows him to treat a myriad of musculoskeletal injuries using a combination of hand and tool release therapy.

Steve recently launched a sports specific rehab and performance institute called ProjectMOVE in Denver Colorado that focuses on identifying motor control dysfunction in an attempt to enhance human performance from the professional athlete to weekend warrior.

Steve is an avid athlete with a passion for sports. He has spent 25 years competing in ice hockey, lacrosse, triathlons, adventure racing, and natural bodybuilding. Steve is the Medical Director

Hour One

  • Overview of outline of the course; introduction of topics that will be covered as well as description of practical lab experience and presentation of case studies.
  • What is FMT? Functional Movement Training

Introduction of Taping History (Ch 1)

  • Types of taping, rigid vs dynamic tape
  • Kinesiology taping and its popularity
  • Kinesiology tape – features and characteristics
  • Tape application, skin preparation techniques
  • Reducing risks involved in kinesiology taping
  • Past and future taping techniques, trends and movements

Skin Anatomy/Physiology and Tape Mechanisms (Ch 2)

  • Skin-brain connection
  • Sensory system, discussion of hair follicles and skin receptors
  • Cortical Homunculus Review

Pain Mitigation (Ch 3)

  • Pain Gate Theory
  • Neuromatrix Model
  • Biopsychosocial Model of Pain (BPS)
  • Science Literature Review

Decompression Effect of Tape (Ch 4)

  • Looking under the skin with MSK Ultrasound
  • Science Literature Review

Neurosensory Input Effect of Tape (Ch 5)

  • Importance of brain’s role in movement
  • Effects of Tape on Balance, Tactile Acuity
  • Science Literature Review
  • Does direction of tape and amount of tape stretch matter

Kinesiology Tape (Ch 6&7)

  • Qualities of Kinesiology Tape
  • General taping application rules
  • Indications/Contraindications
  • Negotiables and non-negotiables for technique

Hour Two

Pain Mitigation Taping – Spine (Ch 8)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Pain – Lumbar Spine, Cervical Spine
  • Spine Pain – practical lab experience, instructor feedback

Pain Mitigation Taping – Knee (Ch 9)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Pain- Knee
  • Knee Pain – practical lab experience, instructor feedback

Pain Mitigation Taping – Lower Extremity (Ch 10)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Pain – Foot, Achilles, Calf, Shin
  • Lower Extremity Pain – practical lab experience, instructor feedback 

Hour Three 

Pain Mitigation Taping – Upper Extremity (Ch 11)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Pain – Elbow and Wrist
  • Lower Extremity Pain –  practical lab experience, instructor feedback

Pain Mitigation Taping – Shoulder (Ch 12)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Pain – Shoulder
  • Shoulder Pain –  practical lab experience, instructor feedback

Hour Four

Fluid Dynamics Taping (Ch 13)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Fluid Dynamics
  • Fluid dynamic practical, lab experience with jellyfish taping technique, upper extremity lymphedema technique, post surgical techniques, instructor feedback

Hour Five

Posture Taping (Ch 14)

  • Effects and benefits of Kinesiology Taping on Posture
  • Posture evaluation of entire kinetic chain
  • Common postural dysfunctions
  • Taping methods for common postural dysfunctions, lab experience, instructor feedback
  • Exercise intervention for common postural dysfunctions

Hour Six

  • Taping methods for common postural dysfunctions, lab experience, instructor feedback
  • Exercise intervention for common postural dysfunctions continued

Nerve Entrapment and Scar Mobility Taping Introduction (Ch 15, &16)

  • Nerve Entrapment Conditions Taping Rationale
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Nerve Entrapments
  • Instructor Demonstration of taping techniques for nerve entrapment issues
  • Clinical Relevance of Scar Taping
  • Instructor Demonstration of scar taping technique with alternating skin shear vectors

Movement Matters (Ch 17)

  • Introduction to fascial chain taping concepts



This course is valid for continuing education credit through NUHS in the following states, so long as it falls within the scope of practice as outlined by the corresponding state board: AK, CO, CT, DE, DC, ID, IL, IA, IN, KS, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NH, NV, NJ, NC, ND, OH, OR ,RI, SC, SD, UT, VT, VA, WA, WY (Considered distance learning, please check with your board how many hours you are allowed) 


Please note that online continuing education is not recognized in the following states: FL, LA, MS, OK, WI 


CEU approval for this course has been submitted and is pending: NY, TX 


*NUHS makes no representation either directly or indirectly that the substantive matter being presented is approved or within respective scope of licensing. It remains the attendees’ responsibility to contact the state board(s) from which they seek continuing education credits for purposes of ensuring said board(s) approves both the delivery method and content as they relate to this event. 






AK, AZ, DE, GA, HI, ID, IN, MI, MS, MO, MT, NC, ND, PA, SC, RI, TN, VA - FMT Basic meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards by virtue of ATPTA KY (FMT Basic 6 Category 1 contact hours), Approval Number 272-APTAKY-2024.    


AL, CO, CT, IA, MA, ME, MN, NH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY - FMT Basic meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards  


DC - FMT Basic meets continuing education requirements of the DC Physical Therapy Board by virtue of a NUHS approval for 6 contact hours. NUHS is recognized by the Secretary of States Department of Education.  


IL - FMT Basic (6 contact hours) meets continuing education requirements for these State Physical Therapy Boards by virtue of a National University of Health Sciences approval. NUHS is recognized by the Secretary of States Department of Education.  


KY- FMT Basic has been approved by the APTA Kentucky, A Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association, for 6 Category 1 contact hour(s). Approval Number 140-APTAKY-2022. 


NY - Approval #23-08-14 (FMT Basic 7.2 CEUs) approved by the New York Physical Therapy Association   


TX - Approval #76833TX (FMT Basic 6 CEUs) approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners  


WV - This course has been approved by the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy for 6.0 contact hours for PTs and PTAs approval #ROCT-R24-04. Approval of this course does not necessarily imply that the WV Board of Physical Therapy supports the views of the presenter or sponsor.




(BOC Approved provider # P8570) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of (6 hours/CEUs FMT Basic Category A). ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.   




FMT Basic (6 CEs) is approved (#179) by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. 




AR, HI, ID, MA, ME, MI, NE, ND, SC, TX, VA, WI, OT - FMT Basic meets continuing education requirements for these State OT Boards.  

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