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Clin Rehabil. 2012 Oct;26(10):924-33. doi: 10.1177/0269215512441484. Epub 2012 Apr 4.

Effects of Functional Fascial Taping on pain and function in patients with non-specific low back pain: a pilot randomized controlled trial.

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Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To compare the short-term and medium-term effect of Functional Fascial Taping to placebo taping on pain and function in people with non-specific low back pain.

DESIGN:

A pilot randomized controlled trial with a 2-week intervention, and 2-, 6- and 12-week follow-up.

SETTING:

Individuals with non-specific low back pain recruited from local communities.

PARTICIPANTS:

Forty-three participants with non-specific low back pain for more than 6 weeks were randomized into either Functional Fascial Taping group (n = 21) or placebo group (n = 22).

INTERVENTIONS:

The intervention group was treated with Functional Fascial Taping while the control group was treated with placebo taping. Both groups received four treatments over 2 weeks.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Worst and average pain and function were assessed at baseline, after the 2-week intervention, and at 6 and 12 weeks follow-up.

RESULTS:

The Functional Fascial Taping group demonstrated significantly greater reduction in worst pain compared to placebo group after the 2-week intervention (P = 0.02, effect size = 0.74; 95% confidence interval 0.11-1.34). A higher proportion of participants in Functional Fascial Taping group attained the minimal clinically important difference in worst pain (P = 0.007) and function (P = 0.007) than those in placebo group after the 2-week intervention. There were no significant differences in either group's disability rating or clinically important difference in average pain at any time.

CONCLUSIONS:

Functional Fascial Taping reduced worst pain in patients with non-acute non-specific low back pain during the treatment phase. No medium-term differences in pain or function were observed.

PMID:
22492922
DOI:
10.1177/0269215512441484
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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