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Dr. Gregor Comploi, greg8247@yahoo.it – Villa Melitta, Bolzano, Italy -2009


Kinesiology Taping – a evidence based method?

Introduction:
Kinesiology Taping is a all over the world known method that is used a
lot in clinical working especially by doctors and physiotherapists for supporting
rehabilitation. Until now evidence base of this method was not clear.

Objective:
The purpose of this study is to evaluate if there is some evidence for the
efficacy of Kinesiology Taping method in literature.

Materials and methods:
A literature review was made. The most of the founded
studies studied the effect of Kinesiology Tape on pain, range of motion, strength and
lymphatic activity. So the results of the studies were divided in the categories: pain,
range of motion (ROM), strenght, lymphatic activity, duration of efficacy of Tape
application and duration of efficacy after Kinesiology Tape.

Results:
A evidence based efficacay is given for pain reduction, range of motion
increasing, increasing of recruitment of the muscle’s motor units and increased
lymphatic activity.
 

Conclusions:
Kinesiology Taping is a evidence based method.

Introduction:

Kinesiology Taping is a all over the world known method that is used a lot in clinical
working especially by doctors and physiotherapists for supporting rehabilitation. It
reduces pain, increases range of motion, supports joint function, activates lymphatic
system and endogenous analgesic system, improves microcirculation and has effects
on muscle function.
Furthermore it facilitates or inhibits muscle function and
provides proprioceptive feedback. Also it has facilitatory effect of cutaneous
mechanoreceptors.
It does not limit movement but it supports movement and activates the healing
process.
A correct application of the tape is necessary for having the best effects of tape.

The Kinesiology Taping is used for: prophylaxes, pain, postoperative and
posttraumatic, orthopaedic, neurological, paediatric, lymphologic and gynaecologic
patients and in sports physiotherapy.

Kinesiology Tape is an elastic tape that can be stretched to 130-140% of the normal
length. It is made of cotton. Glue is applied wave-shaped on the bottom part.
It has approximately the same weight and thickness of the human skin, and has no
medicinal qualities.

The tape can be worn from 3-7 days or more, it is water resistant 

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