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As physical, occupational and speech therapists working with children with complex needs (and too often) exhausted families and disconnected teams that don't always see eye-to-eye, we recognised the need for clinical discussions that go beyond what we can gather from textbook and published guidelines.

Esther de Ru: Elastic Therapeutic Taping in Pediatrics

Esther de Ru: Elastic Therapeutic Taping in Pediatrics

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Esther is a physiotherapist from the Netherlands whose passion and energy for all things related to pediatrics is stunning. Maybe best known for her work in elastic therapeutic taping she is also keenly interested in Bindegewebsmassage (German CTM method) and scoliosis management. As past chair of the Committee of the IOPTP (International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Paediatrics) and international instructor and author, Esther holds a unique perspective on how therapy is and should be practiced in the world. Officially retired, Esther travels the world teaching and sharing her knowledge as a true clinician who values not only the evidence base, but the patient's experience and intuitive wisdom that comes with real work in the real world.

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  • What's a dental assistant got to do with physical therapy? 07:35

  • It's all connected 8:41

  • Cyriax and Transverse Frictions 12:55

  • The skin knows 16:50

  • Why angry teenagers are great teachers 20:07

  • Votja 22:03

  • What do we know about skin? 28:27

  • The Babylonian confusion - What are we activating or inhibiting? 31:41

  • What do taping and Bobath have in common 39:14

  • Questions

  • Taping for good foot posture in a child with Spina Bifida 42:00

  • Choosing the dirction 43:08

  • Taping for scoliosis 46:49

  • Choosing the tension 49:30

  • Good advice for new therapists 50:59

  • Best Books 52:00





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