Integrated Neuromuscular Taping Therapy

The following is an article submitted to us by another Filipino physical therapist colleague of ours. His contribution deserves custom picture framing and should be rightfully recognized.

Integrated Neuromuscular Taping Therapy
by Valentin C. Dones III, MSPT, PTRP, COMT, DMS, MP, AT

Functional movements are usually limited secondary to pain experienced by the patient. The pain may be due to neurological or musculoskeletal disorder. A lot of patients encountered in the physical therapy setting include those with low back pain, bicipital tendonitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome or adhesive capsulitis among others. The physical therapy techniques which are usually used are hotpacks, therapeutic currents, ultrasound, stretching and exercises. Taping is seldom used. If utilized, it usually limits range of motion. More often, the physical therapist would ask the patient to limit his/her functional activities so as to wait healing of tissues and prevent exacerbation of soft tissue dysfunctions.

Taping techniques are also seldom, if not, used in frozen shoulder. Limiting the movement will further promote tightening of the capsule that surrounds the shoulder joint. Patients are usually limited by pain. They avoid movements, such as getting objects overhead. These may cause sharp pain at the root of the shoulder. There are also instances wherein a patient with an ankle sprain is being asked to restrict an activity. This may be of significant interest to those who need to dance or run or engage in a particular type of sport. The conventional taping technique may cause severe restriction in the range of motion.

The Integrated Neuromuscular Taping Therapy (INMTT) is designed to promote motion in the functional pain free range. It uses tapes which are locally available. It has been proven in various case studies that it helps relieve pain and improve range of motion in patients with musculoskeletal syndrome. It relies on simple yet effective manual therapy techniques with use of tape to promote improvement.

A patient suffering from low back pain was asked to bend forward. He would complain of pain and paresthesia running down his thigh and leg. Upon application of INMTT, the patient immediately reported pain relief and absence of paresthesia. His Oswestry Functional Disability Index (a questionnaire for low back pain) after 5 applications demonstrated a clinically significant decrease in the scores which indicate functional improvement.

Another patient with scoliosis and low back pain scored 16 from the initial 31 in the Modified Oswestry Disability Index. This was after applying the INMTT in one session. The patient reported elimination of pain in the back.

Patient 2: Scoliosis with Low Back Pain

A patient with brachioradialis pain reported significant decrease in discomfort and pain after a single application of the INMTT.

This is a taping therapy. It involves use of tape after application of specific manual therapy techniques. The INMTT may be of significant value in the clinical practice of physical therapy in the future. Its easy to learn method yet scientific approach had been proven beneficial in cases of musculoskeletal complaints.

About the Author
Valentin C. Dones III, MSPT, PTRP, COMT, DMS is a certified manual therapist. He took up his Master’s Degree in Orthopedic Physical Therapy in the University of Santo Tomas in Collaboration with the University of South Australia. He is currently working as an instructor in the University of Santo Tomas – College of Rehabilitation Sciences. He is the integrated manual physical therapist of Clinica Sparoma and clinical supervisor of San Martin De Porres Rehabilitation and Medical Center. His main interest is manual therapy in orthopedics. If you have any inquiries, you may email Mr. Dones at or contact (63) 919-4077701.

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30 thoughts on “Integrated Neuromuscular Taping Therapy”

  1. Kindly watch out for INMTT/Connective Tissue Taping. IN this taping technique, Leukoplast and Muscle Tapes are combined to efficiently work for patients complaining of musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
    Stay blessed!

  2. INMTT works also in patients with tendinopathy! It works very well in cases of De Quervains tenosynovitis. In an instant, a patient was able to wash her clothes without pain. A small strip of tape correcting the connective tissue orientation magnificently works! Amazing!Thank God!

  3. I was fortunate to treat my student with stiff neck. I had her nape taped using Integrated NeuroMuscular Taping Therapy yesterday. Her pain score was 10/10. It had gone down to 2/10 after 10 minutes of evaluation and treatment. Just this lunch, I had her taped again. Her 2/10 pain scaled down to 0/10. I am still amazed. I thank God for INMTT. :mrgreen:

  4. HI Renzi! My cell phone number is 09194077701. Can you post your contact number? I can come there in Cebu to hold a seminar-worskhop. You may also text 09182268633. Kindly just put there: Attention: Sir Val. thank you very much po

  5. hello… i hope you remember me. I have been trying to reach you and called you a lot of times – but to no avail i got no reply. I know why – because of the INMIT held recently.
    If you dont mind – i wanted to know about the request i am asking.
    please let me know.

  6. Just this morning, a patient with De Quervain’s tenosynovitis came for PT. Evaluating the connective tissue movement and applying the Advanced Integrated NeuroMuscular Taping Therapy had removed her pain (initial subjective pain score = 5/10). This was taken during the time that she was sweeping the floor.
    Advice also for those who took the INMTT Course, please use Leukoplast and Transpore. The latter is more hypoallergenic than the Neopore.

  7. i’ve tried INMTT tech. to my 2 stroke patient with shoulder pain both with pain scale of 8/10, a significant decrease using the advance tech. of INMTT, the pain decreases to 3/10 and 2/10 after first session, both 0/10 on second session. A mild problem occur to 1 of my stroke patient, after the 2nd session of taping a small blister is noted, it maybe because the patient is diabetic and has a sensitive skin. Still a positive outcome of INMTT.

  8. Hi! For those who are using the INMTT, please use Leukoplast and TRANSPORE brands. They are more durable and less irritating to patients.

  9. Hi Ryan! I would love to go to Cebu and share teach the Integrated Neuromuscular Taping Therapy. Please feel free to text me at 09194077701. Hoping to hear from you soon!

  10. Yes Sir Rex! There will still be upcoming modules on INMTT. Kindly text me at 0919-4077701 so that I can update you. Our recent treatment Sir was with a patient with pain on gluteus medius. After taping, she felt that she walked faster and has no pain while walking. Even the Chief PT of Dominican College, Sir Allan Raymundo, was amazed with the taping technique. I really hope I can be given another opportunity, God willing, to share this wonderful miracle to Filipino Physios! :smile:

  11. sayang! 😥 di ko natignan yung mga posts! 😥 i really wanted to attend an INMTT course… 😥 sobrang nanhihinayang ako… 😥 oh well, i guess i have to wait for the next one… :sad: ay wait, meron pa ba sir val? thanks!

  12. Thank you very much for all those who attended the very first INMTT Taping Course! Please provide us with your valuable feedback. Thanks again!

  13. Yesterday, I attended the seminar of Sir Val re this miracle treatment called INMTT. Hehehehe… No it’s not a joke, I used the word miracle because it really is a miracle 😯 Never did I encounter a certain intervention that would instantly decrease the pain of a patient. OOOps, mali pala! Again again. Never did I encounter a certain intervention that would instantly and COMPLETELY relieve the pain of a patient.

    Well, that’s for me and for my co-faculties. We tried to use INMTT on a certain area (different for each one of us, depending on where we found a “disturbing” trigger point in our body). All three of us: the pain scale landed at zero after the application of INMTT. 😯 Most of the attendees of the seminar also attested for its effectiveness!

    We were even joking Sir Val that this taping technique doesnt really decrease the pain: “Sir Val, ndi naman totoong nadedecrease ang pain sa INMTT…” Sir Val: (puzzled) “Bakit?”. Us: “E kasi ndi nagdecrease, kundi NAWALA!!!” Sabay tawa ng malakas. Heehehehe…

    Maraming salamat Master Val. It was indeed a great seminar/workshop. More power to you and your tape, este career pala! :mrgreen:

  14. The Functional Taping Course is all set on October 12, 2008 at the Physical Therapy Skills Laboratory, 3rd Floor of Saint Jude College, Dimasalang near Dangwa Tranco. 8:30AM is the registration time. 9-5PM is the seminar-workshop. The October 11 introductory course is cancelled and will just be integrated on October 12. For inquiries, please text me at 09194077701.
    Thank you

  15. Hi Sir Rex!
    There will be a seminar workshop on October 11 and 12. it costs 2,500 inclusive of certificate and tapes. venue is yet to be announced po. Please email me at or contact me through my cp 09194077701.
    Thanks a lot sir!

  16. is there any chance that i could learn more about this taping technique? i currntly into sports physiotherapy and i think this taping technique could really help my clients. thanks and more power!

  17. Thank you Saul for the kind comments. Really gives me fulfillment whenever physiotherapy treatment works. Thanks too for taking good care of the UST UAAP taekwondo athletes. Kudos!

  18. I’m currently a Sports Science intern assigned to the UST Taekwondo Team. This taping technique has made wonders, both to me and my taekwondo athletes. I once had an right elbow injury which Sir Val taped using INMTT, and after a few sessions the pain was completely gone. Sir Val taped almost all my athletes and the results using the INMTT are very impressive. After being taped, they can perform kickings and drills without the pain they felt before being taped.

    Thank you Sir Val for treating my athletes! More power!

  19. very interesting. i can say that it’s effective i was able to apply it to my patients and it can really resolve pain. i suggest that we use it in our clinics

  20. Taping is indeed seldomly used in the clinic. As a physical therapy intern, i considered it an opportunity to see how effective integrated neuromuscular taping technique is. It can show immediate improvement without restricting the patient’s movement. Aside from that, as compared with other taping techniques the materials used are cheaper, which may be beneficial especially to Filipino patients. It can therefore be an adjunct to traditional PT management.

    thank you sir val

  21. A taekwondo player was severely restricted in bouncing, doing sit to stand, and squatting due to pain. An irritated nerve in the knee causes the pain. INMTT helped in relieving the pain. The player was able to do the above mentioned activities with great ease. This taping technique really works!

  22. I’ve never thought that taping could yield such fast results of dec. pain in just one session but it did. One of my patients reported dec. pain after application of taping on her (R) shoulder and on her (R) knee in just one session. I’ll work further on my experience with INMT and prove for better outcomes with my patients.

  23. out of curiosity, i’ve tried it myself when i got my ankle strained. i did give me relief with just one application. >_<

  24. A patient with a knee problem came for evaluation and treatment. She could not climb up stairs due to perceived weakness in her right knee. We tried the Integrated NeuroMuscular Taping Therapy on her. Much to our surprise, she managed to climb up the stairs and we were able to successfully re-activate her gluteus medius muscle using INMTT. It really does work.

  25. Hi Rian! This taping technique works wonders to my patients. It can alter my patients’ responses in just one session. Had tried it too to one of my colleagues. I think it is great!

  26. 😛 Interesting!!! I seldom use taping to address the pain problem of a patient. After reading this, i think I wanna learn how to do INMTT so i can try it to my patients also…

    Thanks for sharing Master Val!! :)

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