Kenzo Kase

Kenzo Kase

Dr. Kenzo Kase started the idea of Kinesio Taping®, the original elastic therapeutic taping, in the late 1970s. He then invented and developed the Kinesio Taping Method in early 1980s. The Kinesio Taping technique facilitates the body’s natural healing process to allow support and stability to muscles and joints without compromising the range of motion. This technique is being used extensively in the field of rehabilitation and sports medicine worldwide. The Kinesio Taping lectures and seminars that he developed are for medical professionals such as chiropractors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and others.

Dr. Kase has now moved into a higher level of understanding with Kinesio Medical Taping (KMT). This builds upon the muscle and joint taping that are foundational to the concept of Elastic Therapeutic Taping or Kinesio Taping. But KMT goes several steps further to address complicated and difficult medical challenges such as post-surgical pain, CRPS, circulatory issues and phantom pain. Dr. Kase is on a mission to introduce clinicians to this more advanced concept of taping.


Current activities

  • Since September 2017: University of New Mexico School of Medicine

              Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Neurosurgery [UNM Pain Center]

  • Since April 1984: Kinesio Taping Association International [KTAI]

              Founder and Chairman

  • Since April 2008: Society of Kinesio Taping Therapy [SKITT]

              Founder and Director

  • Since March 2006: Japan Olympic Committee

              Board Member, Executive Council

  • Since December 2005: Kinesio Taping Academy (Japan)

              Founder and Chairman

  • Since March 1998: Natural Chiropractic College (Japan)

              Emeritus President


Professional History

  • March 1983 - February 1998: Natural Chiropractic College (Japan)


  • April 1980 - March 1996: Kase Chiropractic Clinic, Tokyo, Japan

             Owner and Practitioner

  • April 1976 - July 1976: University of New Mexico


  • June 1975 - September 1979: Kase Chiropractic Clinic, Albuquerque, NM, USA

             Owner and Practitioner


  • May 1970 - September 1974: National University of Health Sciences [NUHS]

              Chicago, IL, USA

                 Doctor of Chiropractic

  • April 1960 - March 1964: Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan

              Degree in Business Administration / Economics

Publications Include

More than 50 clinical books, in Japanese and English, translated into numerous other languages.

  • Co-Author, Kinesio Taping Manuals Published by Kinesio Taping Association International including  Kinesio Medical Taping For the Mature Adult (2021)
  • Dr. Kenzo Kase. DKT [Dr. Kase Therapy] Approach to Soft Tissue Injuries (2015)
  • Kinesio University, Dr. Kenzo Kase. Kinesio Taping for Horse Lovers (2015)
  • Dr. Kenzo Kase, Jim Wallis, Tsuyoshi Kase. Clinical Therapeutic Applications of the Kinesio Taping Method (Three Editions; 3rd edit. 2013)
  • Kenzo Kase, Patricia Martin, Audrey Yasukawa. Kinesio Taping in Pediatrics: Fundamentals and Whole Body Taping (Two Editions; 2nd edit. 2011)
  • Kenzo Kase, DC. Illustrated Kinesio Taping Manual (Four Editions; 4th ed. 2010)
  • Kenzo Kase, Kim Rock Stockheimer. Kinesio Taping for Lymphoedema & Chronic Swelling (2004)
  • Kinesio Taping Association, Dr. Kenzo Kase. Kinesio Taping Perfect Manual (2003)
  • (Forward by Dr. Kenzo Kase) Thuy Bridges, Clint Bridges. Length, Strength and Kinesio Tape - Muscle Testing and Taping Interventions (2016)
  • (Chapter by Dr. Kenzo Kase) Torsten Leim, Paulo Tozzi, Anthony Chila. Fascia in the Osteopathic Field (2017)
  • Muscle Unit Training (MUT); Makino Publishing Co., Ltd(2005)
  • Kinesio Sports; Baseball Publishing Co., Ltd(2006)
  • Kinesio Taping in Pictures and Illustration; Idono Nihon Co., Ltd(1984)
  • Spine and Chiropractic; Sougeisha Co., Ltd(1980)
  • Effective Kinesio Taping for Lower Back and Knee Pain; Futaba Publishing Co.(1999)
  • Chiropractic Basic Manual Technique; Enterprise Publishing(2004)
  • Cryotherapy Manual; Science (Newspaper) Publishing(2002)