Kinesiology Tape: Patient perceptions in the reduction of pain

Catlow, Sarah and Doggart, Lance (2016) Kinesiology Tape: Patient perceptions in the reduction of pain. In: 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science: Crossing borders through sport science, 6-9 July 2016, Vienna, Austria. (Unpublished)

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Introduction: The justification for using Kinesiology Tape (K Tape) as a pain relieving ergogenic aid, post injury, remains uncertain (Williams et al. 2012) with its effects still being established (Lim and Tay, 2015). The aim of the study was to investigate patient’s perceptions of K tape in the reduction of pain post injury. Method: Following University ethical approval a focus group informed the development of a 17 point questionnaire around the perceived magnitude and timing of pain reduction. The questionnaire was posted on social media sites inviting patients, who had used K tape specifically for pain relief (inclusion criteria), to complete. Results: One hundred and fifty two replies were received (male =57; female = 93). One hundred respondents (67.5%) reported using K tape to reduce pain following an injury that occurred in a sport or exercise activity. The most common site for the application of K tape was the lower limb (53.3%) while the back and upper limb recorded 15.8% and 14.5% respectively. A total of 113 (74.8%) respondents noted an immediate perceived reduction in pain (within 60mins) whilst 147 (96.7%) noted a reduction of pain within 48hrs. Seventy nine (52.3%) respondents noted an overall pain reduction of 50% or more. Of those who experienced a reduction in pain 76.8% also had additional treatment. Respondents further reported: reduced pain during load bearing activity; improved posture; reduction in swelling; improved circulation; increased support and cushioning; and increased mobility. Discussion: A perceived immediate reduction in pain was noted from the results. The combination of pre-treatment and K tape application could influence the immediate reduction in pain and its magnitude. The results suggest that the site of application does not appear to affect the perceived influence on pain reduction however application technique and tape quantity could be influencing factors based on the purported mechanisms of K tape (Williams et al., 2012). Respondent’s comments imply a confidence in the treatment process that could be credited to the K tape post treatment. The use of K tape to maintain the effects of the therapists’ treatment would seem valuable. Rehabilitation practitioners can be confident that K Tape is beneficial based on patients’ perceived reduction in pain. References: Lim ECW and Tay MGX (2015). Kinesio taping in musculoskeletal pain and disability that lasts for more than 4 weeks: is it time to peel off the tape and throw it out with the sweat? British Journal of Sports Medicine.0: 1-15. Williams, S., Whatman, C., Hume, P.A. and Sheerin, K. (2012) Kinesio taping in treatment and prevention of sports injuries: a meta-analysis of the evidence for its effectiveness. Sports Medicine. Vol. 42, No. 2: 153-164.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Keywords: kinesiology tape, pain, rehabilitation
Members: University of St Mark & St John
Depositing User: Mrs Wendy Evans
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 14:18
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2016 14:25
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/9336

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