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Clin Rehabil. 2019 May;33(5):865-874. doi: 10.1177/0269215519826267. Epub 2019 Feb 4.

Evidence for kinesio taping in management of myofascial pain syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Author information

1
1 Department of Pain, Dongguan Third People's Hospital, Affiliated Dongguan Shilong People's Hospital of Southern Medical University, Dongguan, China.
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2 Department of Sport Health Science, Nanjing Sport Institute, Nanjing, China.
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3 Department of Clinical Medicine, Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, China.
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4 Department of Rehabilitation, Shanghai Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group Staff-worker Hospital, Shanghai, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of kinesio taping for managing myofascial pain syndrome in terms of pain intensity, pressure pain threshold, range of motion, muscle strength and disability.

DATA SOURCES:

PubMed, EBSCO, ScienceDirect, Web of Science, Cochrane Library and Physiotherapy Evidence Databases were searched from database inception to November 2018.

METHODS:

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that used kinesio taping as the main treatment protocol for participants diagnosed with myofascial pain syndrome were included. Two reviewers independently screened articles, scored methodological quality using Cochrane risk-of-bias tool and extracted data. The primary outcomes were pain intensity, pressure pain threshold and range of motion at post-intervention and follow-up. The secondary outcomes were muscle strength and disability at post-intervention and follow-up.

DATA SYNTHESIS:

Meta-analyses of 20 RCTs involving 959 patients showed that kinesio taping was more effective than other treatments in reducing pain intensity (mean difference (MD) = 1.06 cm, 95% confidence interval (CI): -1.66 to -0.46 cm, P = 0.006) and increasing range of motion (standardized mean difference (SMD) = 0.26, 95% CI: 0.09 to 0.43, P = 0.003) at post-intervention. Kinesio taping was also superior to other non-invasive techniques in relieving pain intensity at follow-up (MD = -0.68 cm, 95% CI: -1.22 to -0.13 cm, P = 0.02). However, there was no detectable effect on disability or function.

CONCLUSION:

Statistical evidence showed that kinesio taping could be recommended to relieve pain intensity and range of motion for patients with myofascial pain syndrome at post-intervention.

KEYWORDS:

Kinesio taping; myofascial pain syndromes; randomized controlled trials; range of motion; systematic review

PMID:
30712369
DOI:
10.1177/0269215519826267
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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