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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Effectiveness of Kinesiology Taping
- And Finally, a Story about Kinesio Taping in Treatment and Prevention of Sports Injuries
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #506 recorded May 1, 2015.
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Effectiveness of Kinesiology Taping
Kinesiology tape (KinTape) is a therapeutic tape without much understanding of its mechanism.
KinTap claims to increase cutaneous stimulation, which facilitates motor unit firing, and consequently improves functional performance; however these, benefits could be due to placebo effects.
A recent study published in the journal Manual Therapy, investigated the true effects of KinTape by a deceptive, randomized, and controlled trial.
Thirty healthy participants performed isokinetic testing of three taping conditions: true facilitative KinTape, sham KinTape, and no KinTape.
The participants were blindfolded during the evaluation. Under the pretense of applying adhesive muscle sensors, KinTape was applied to their quadriceps in the first two conditions.
Normalized peak torque, normalized total work, and time to peak torque were measured at two angular speeds (60°/s and 180°/s) and analyzed with one-way repeated measures ANOVA. Participants were successfully deceived and they were ignorant about KinTape.
The results of the study showed that KinTape did not facilitate muscle performance in generating higher peak torque, yielding a greater total work, or inducing an earlier onset of peak torque.
These findings suggest that previously reported muscle facilitatory effects using KinTape may be attributed to placebo effects.
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Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25150913
Kinesio Taping in Treatment and Prevention of Sports Injuries
An earlier 2012 study related to Kinesio Taping, was published in the journal Sports Medicine.
Kinesio tape (KT) is an elastic therapeutic tape used for treating sports injuries and a variety of other disorders. Chiropractor, Dr. Kenso Kase, developed KT taping techniques in the 1970s.
It is claimed that KT supports injured muscles and joints and helps relieve pain by lifting the skin and allowing improved blood and lymph flow.
The aim of this review was to evaluate, using meta-analysis, the effectiveness of KT in the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. Electronic databases including SPORTDiscus, Scopus, MEDLINE, ScienceDirect and sports medicine websites were searched using keywords ‘kinesio taping/tape’.
The reviews found that efficacy of KT in pain relief was trivial given there were no clinically important results. There were inconsistent range-of-motion outcome results, with at least small beneficial results seen in two studies, but trivial results in two other studies across numerous joint measurements.
There was a likely beneficial effect for proprioception regarding grip force sense error, but no positive outcome for ankle proprioception. Seven outcomes relating to strength were beneficial, although there were numerous trivial findings for quadriceps and hamstrings peak torque, and grip strength measures.
KT had some substantial effects on muscle activity, but it was unclear whether these changes were beneficial or harmful.
In conclusion, there was little quality evidence to support the use of KT over other types of elastic taping in the management or prevention of sports injuries.
KT may have a small beneficial role in improving strength, range of motion in certain injured cohorts and force sense error compared with other tapes, but further studies are needed to confirm these findings.
The amount of case study and anecdotal support for KT warrants well designed experimental research, particularly pertaining to sporting injuries, so that practitioners can be confident that KT is beneficial for their athletes.
As always, discuss all study results with your Qualified Healthcare Professional to see what treatments and conditions may warrant various treatment options.
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