Hopefully Rob has given you some food for thought. Take some time to read the abstracts below and expand your own notes on how you think Kinesiology Tape may work now, and if anything has changed since the start of the exercise. You can download the full papers here or by using the link at the top right of the page. In addition to this you can download a literature review written by one of our very own course instructors, Richard Moore.
This study examined the difference in the isokinetic knee performance in healthy subjects using a Kinesiology tape application on the skin surface overlying the vastus medialis. The investigation demonstrated the application of K tape did not alter the muscle peak torque generation and total work done but did shorten the time to generate peak torque. This finding may contribute to the rationale in injury prevention and rehabilitation in athletes with K taping.
An investigation into the therapeutic effects of kinesiology taping on plantar fasciitis. It was concluded that additional treatment with continuous kinesiology taping for one week might alleviate the pain of plantar fasciitis better than the treatment with only physical therapy.
Proprioceptive shoulder taping is a useful adjunct to expert manual and exercise therapy in the management of shoulder girdle pathology and dysfunction. Taping is a useful adjunct to improve mobility and reduce pain, and has the particular advantage of lasting well beyond the patient-therapist contact thus extending the duration of therapeutic stimulus.
A study into the effects of Kinesiology Taping on superficial tissues using MRI analyses. The study showed that kinesiology taping affects much more than just the targeted superficial tissues and causes heterogeneous deformations within the whole limb. Kinesiology Tape affects the underlying tissues, both immediately targeted and distant.
KINESIOLOGY TAPING AFFECTS THE UNDERLYING TISSUES, CREATING HETEROGENEOUS DEFORMATIONS BOTH IN THE IMMEDIATELY TARGETED AND DISTANT TISSUE Pamuk & Yucesoy, 2015
This study investigated the effect Kinesiology Taping has when applied over the biceps brachii on maximal isokinetic elbow torque. It found that Kinesiology Tape increases concentric elbow peak torque in a population of healthy participants if compared to Placebo Taping.
A literature review on Kinesiology taping studies at the present time. Although far from conclusive, the results of each of the studies shows some positive effects of Kinesiology tape on soft tissue flexibility, fascia thickness, pain and/or disability. In particular KT appears to offer similar results to traditional treatments such as soft tissue massage, ultrasounds, TENS or home exercise.
A study of the effects of Kinesiology Taping on Subacromial Impingement Syndrome. The study showed that the addition of KT application to the exercise program appears to be more effective than the exercise program alone for the treatment of SIS.
A study investigating the efficacy of Kinesiology taping on isokinetic quadriceps torque in patients with knee osteoarthritis. The study concluded that application of therapeutic KT is effective in improving isokinetic quadriceps torque, SSCT and reducing pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.
KINESIOLOGY TAPING MAY BE AN ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT OPTION IN THE TREATMENT OF SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT SYNDROME WHEN IMMEDIATE EFFECT IS NEEDED Kaya et al, 2010
This research paper describes the case of a physical therapist with acute Low Back Pain (LBP) due to patient handling and the efficacy of Kinesiology Taping (KT) around the trunk in the treatment of this occupational LBP. The study finds that continuous application of KT around the trunk may be a supplementary treatment method for acute LBP.
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of Kinesiology tape on pain and functional performance in surgeons who have musculoskeletal system pain after performing surgery. It found that there were improvements in both Oswestry Low Back Disability Index and Neck Disability Index scores of participants when compared with their initial status, demonstrating that K taping would be an effective method for reducing neck and back pain and improving functional performance.
A study investigating the effect of Kinesiology Taping on quadriceps strength at maximum concentric and eccentric isokinetic exercise mode in healthy non-athlete women. The results suggest that application of Kinesiology Taping on the anterior surface of the thigh, in the direction of vastus medialis, laterallis and rectus femoris fascia, could increase the eccentric muscle strength (isokinetic eccentric peak torque), in healthy adults.
K TAPING WOULD BE AN EFFECTIVE METHOD FOR REDUCING NECK AND BACK PAIN AND IMPROVING FUNCTIONAL PERFORMANCE Karatas et al, 2011