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J Exerc Rehabil. 2017 Jun 30;13(3):359-362. doi: 10.12965//jer.1735002.501. eCollection 2017 Jun.

Effects of taping therapy for carpal space expansion on electrophysiological change in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome.

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School of Global Sport Studies, Korea University, Sejong, Korea.
Department of Sports Medicine, CHA University, Pocheon, Korea.


Taping therapy is one of the most conservative treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Preceding research studied on pain control, grip strength, and wrist function but no studies have been reported on electrophysiolgical changes after taping therapy. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of taping therapy for carpal space expansion on electrophysiological in 20 female patients aged from 40s to 60s with CTS. Experimental group applied taping therapy for carpal space expansion twice a week for 4 weeks and control group did not. There were significant differences between distal motor latency (DML) and sensory nerve conduction velocity (SNCV), but no difference between compound muscle action potential and sensory nerve action potential (SNAP) after 4 weeks taping treatment. Also, there was a significant difference in DML, SNCV, and SNAP in between groups. In conclusion, taping therapy for carpal space expansion can help to reduce the pressure of the carpal tunnel in CTS patients with mild symptoms.


Carpal tunnel syndrome; Electrophysiological change; Taping therapy

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