Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/9820
Title: Kinesiology tape does not facilitate muscle performance : a deceptive controlled trial
Authors: Poon, KY
Li, SM
Roper, MG
Wong, MKM
Wong, O
Cheung, RTH 
Keywords: Placebo
Timing
Torque
Work
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Source: Manual therapy, 2015, v. 20, no. 1, p. 130-133 How to cite?
Journal: Manual Therapy 
Abstract: Kinesiology tape (KinTape) is a therapeutic tape without much understanding of its mechanism. KinTape claims to increase cutaneous stimulation, which facilitates motor unit firing, and consequently improves functional performance; however these, benefits could be due to placebo effects. This study investigated the true effects of KinTape by a deceptive, randomized, and controlled trial. Thirty healthy participants performed isokinetic testing of three taping conditions: true facilitative KinTape, sham KinTape, and no KinTape. The participants were blindfolded during the evaluation. Under the pretense of applying adhesive muscle sensors, KinTape was applied to their quadriceps in the first two conditions. Normalized peak torque, normalized total work, and time to peak torque were measured at two angular speeds (60?X/s and 180?X/s) and analyzed with one-way repeated measures ANOVA. Participants were successfully deceived and they were ignorant about KinTape. No significant differences were found between normalized peak torque, normalized total work, and time to peak torque at 60?X/s or 180?X/s (p=0.31-0.99) between three taping conditions. The results showed that KinTape did not facilitate muscle performance in generating higher peak torque. These findings suggest that previously reported muscle facilitatory effects using KinTape may be attributed to placebo effects.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/9820
ISSN: 1356-689X
DOI: 10.1016/j.math.2014.07.013
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