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Phys Ther Sport. 2017 Jan;23:156-161. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2016.06.005. Epub 2016 Jun 20.

The effects of kinesio taping on the color intensity of superficial skin hematomas: A pilot study.

Author information

1
Unit of Occupational Rehabilitation and Ergonomics, Salvatore Maugeri Foundation - IRCCS, Veruno (NO), Italy. Electronic address: stefano.vercelli@fsm.it.
2
Private Practice, Verbania, Italy.
3
Private Practice, Oleggio (NO), Italy.
4
Department of Surgical and Morphological Sciences, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy.
5
School in Advanced Sciences and Technology in Rehabilitation Medicine and Sport, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy.
6
Unit of Occupational Rehabilitation and Ergonomics, Salvatore Maugeri Foundation - IRCCS, Veruno (NO), Italy.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To analyze the effects of kinesio taping (KT) -applied with three different strains that induced or not the formation of skin creases (called convolutions)- on color intensity of post-surgical superficial hematomas.

DESIGN:

Single-blind paired study.

SETTING:

Rehabilitation clinic.

PARTICIPANTS:

A convenience sample of 13 inpatients with post-surgical superficial hematomas.

INTERVENTIONS:

The tape was applied for 24 consecutive hours. Three tails of KT were randomly applied with different degrees of strain: none (SN); light (SL); and full longitudinal stretch (SF). We expected to obtain correct formation of convolutions with SL, some convolutions with SN, and no convolutions with SF.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The change in color intensity of hematomas, measured by means of polar coordinates CIE L*a*b* using a validated and standardized digital images system.

RESULTS:

Applying KT to hematomas did not significantly change the color intensity in the central area under the tape (p > 0.05). There was a significant treatment effect (p < 0.05) under the edges of the tape, independently of the formation of convolutions (p > 0.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

The changes observed along the edges of the tape could be related to the formation of a pressure gradient between the KT and the adjacent area, but were not dependent on the formation of skin convolutions.

KEYWORDS:

Bruise; Hematoma; Physical therapy; Tape

PMID:
27665391
DOI:
10.1016/j.ptsp.2016.06.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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