What is the current evidence for the use of kinesio tape

R. Moore

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A Literature Review
The popularity of Kinesio taping has skyrocketed in recent weeks due to a high-profile presence at the London 2012 Olympics and European Football Championships, with widespread coverage in mainstream media. Much attention has been paid to the athletes wearing the tape and the claims made by the manufacturers, with very little evidence being given as to its efficacy. It is the aim of this article to assess if the current body of evidence supports the use of Kinesio taping in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

Kinesio taping was developed by Japanese chiropractor Kenso Kase in the 1970s as a method of assisting physical treatment of damaged tissue while maintaining full range of motion unlike traditional taping methods, which restrict movement. The Kinesio Taping Association (KTA) has over 10,000 members worldwide and is training professionals at a rate of over 800 per year in the UK.

Effects on healthy individuals
The effect of kinesiology taping on healthy individuals has been the subject of a number of observational studies, which have focused on a range of outcomes including muscle strength and motor nerve conduction.

To identify relevant studies PUBMED, AMED, CINAHL, PEDRO and SPORTDiscus databases were searched up to 9 August 2012, along with the following websites: the Osteopathic Research Web, OSTMED, Journal of American Osteopathic Association, Chiropractic & Manual Therapies and Open Grey.

This study identified ten randomized controlled trials assessing the efficacy of Kinesio tape (KT) in the treatment of musculoskeletal pathology.




SportEX dynamics 2012;34 (october):24-30