Kinesio Taping applied to lumbar muscles influences clinical and electromyographic characteristics in chronic low back pain patients

European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 05/27/2011

When applied to chronic low back pain (CLBP) patients, Kinesio Taping (KT) leads to pain relief and lumbar muscle function normalization shortly after its application; these effects persist over a short follow–up period.

Methods

  • KT plus exercise, KT alone or exercise alone have been used for four weeks.
  • Pain, disability and lumbar muscle function were evaluated before and after the treatment period.

Results

  • The patients in all three groups displayed a significant reduction in pain after treatment, though only the exercise–alone group displayed reduced disability.
  • A return to normal lumbar muscle function was observed in 28% of patients, but was not related to a reduction in pain.

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