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J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2014;27(2):203-12. doi: 10.3233/BMR-130437.

Effects of Kinesio® Tape in low back muscle fatigue: randomized, controlled, doubled-blinded clinical trial on healthy subjects.

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1
Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, CEU-San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain.
2
Department of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, Rey Juan Carlos University, Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain.
3
Department of Health Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Muscle fatigue of the trunk extensor musculature plays a considerable role in chronic low back pain (LBP). The underlying physiology of fatigue is complex and not fully understood. The Kinesio® Taping (KT) supports damaged structures while allowing mobility and at the same time may influence some of the mechanisms associated with muscle fatigue such as blood flow and proprioception.

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study is to determine the influence of KT on the resistance to fatigue of the lumbar extensor musculature in a sample of young healthy subjects.

METHODS:

A randomized, controlled, doubled-blinded clinical trial was conducted. Ninety nine healthy subjects were randomized in to the three arms of the study Kinesio® Tape (KT), placebo (P) and control (C). Directly after application of KT we measured lumbar extensor musculature endurance with the Biering-Sorensen test. Subjects and researchers were blinded to the intervention. Time achieved (seconds) was compared between groups with one-way ANOVA with confidence intervals of 95%.

RESULTS:

There were significant differences between the time achieved in the KT group versus the control group (p < 0.05). The placebo group performed better than the control group but worse than the KT group, these were not significant in either case.

CONCLUSIONS:

KT appears to improve the time to failure of the extensor muscle of the trunk obtained using the Biering-Sorensen test. These findings suggest that KT influences processes that lead to muscle fatigue and that KT could be effective in the management of LBP.

KEYWORDS:

Muscle fatigue; blood circulation; isometric contraction; kinesio tape; proprioception

PMID:
24284272
DOI:
10.3233/BMR-130437
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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