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J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2016 Apr 27;29(2):373-380.

Kinesio Taping for temporomandibular disorders: Single-blind, randomized, controlled trial of effectiveness.

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1
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey.
2
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Dentistry, Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Data regarding the effectiveness of Kinesio Taping in temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is scarce.

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the efficacy of Kinesio Taping (KT) in patients with TMD.

METHODS:

Patients with TMDs were randomized into experimental and control groups. The experimental group (n= 14) received KT in combination with counseling and jaw exercise, whilst controls (n= 14) were given the regimen of counseling and exercise alone. Jaw movements, Visual analogue scale (VAS) scores and self-reported measures (functional limitation and masticatory efficiency) were evaluated at baseline, first and sixth weeks of the treatment. Biobehavioral questionnaire was filled out at baseline and at sixth week.

RESULTS:

Active mouth opening improved more in the experimental group than controls (p= 0.003). In the experimental group, VAS for temporomandibular joint, masticatory efficiency and functional limitation improved significantly at the sixth week when compared to baseline (p= 0.011, p= 0.001 and p= 0.001, respectively), but not in controls. Subjective treatment efficacy was higher in the experimental group than that of controls (p= 0.000). Pain, depression and disability scores reduced significantly in the experimental group (p= 0.001, p= 0.006 and p= 0.01, respectively), but not in controls.

CONCLUSION:

In conclusion, KT in combination with counseling and exercise is more effective than counseling and exercise alone in TMDs.

KEYWORDS:

Kinesio taping; temporomandibular disorder; temporomandibular joint; temporomandibular pain

PMID:
26966829
DOI:
10.3233/BMR-160683
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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