Kinesio Taping Reduces Cold-Induced Pain in Young Healthy Individuals Independent of the Applied Tension on the Tape

Authors

  • Adriano Meireles Filho Laboratory of Muscle Morphology and Physiology (LAMFIM) - Universidade Federal do Piauí (UFPI), Campus Ministro Reis Velloso, Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil.
  • Raniel da Silva Machado Laboratory of Muscle Morphology and Physiology (LAMFIM) - Universidade Federal do Piauí (UFPI), Campus Ministro Reis Velloso, Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil.
  • Tácia Pereira Cardoso Laboratory of Muscle Morphology and Physiology (LAMFIM) - Universidade Federal do Piauí (UFPI), Campus Ministro Reis Velloso, Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil.
  • Mariana Sousa Costa Laboratory of Muscle Morphology and Physiology (LAMFIM) - Biomedical Sciences Graduate's Program - Universidade Federal do Piauí (UFPI), Campus Ministro Reis Velloso, Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil.
  • Ramon Handerson Gomes Teles Laboratory of Muscle Morphology and Physiology (LAMFIM) - Universidade Federal do Piauí (UFPI), Campus Ministro Reis Velloso, Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil.
  • Yago Medeiros Dutra Laboratory of Muscle Morphology and Physiology (LAMFIM) - Universidade Federal do Piauí (UFPI), Campus Ministro Reis Velloso, Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil.
  • Francisca Francisete Queiroz Laboratory of Muscle Morphology and Physiology (LAMFIM) - Universidade Federal do Piauí (UFPI), Campus Ministro Reis Velloso, Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil.
  • Marcelo Carvalho Filgueiras Laboratory of Muscle Morphology and Physiology (LAMFIM) - Biomedical Sciences Graduate's Program - Universidade Federal do Piauí (UFPI), Campus Ministro Reis Velloso, Parnaíba, Piauí, Brazil.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3823/1802

Keywords:

Pain, Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine, Kinesio Tape

Abstract

Introduction: Kinesio Taping (KT) is a relatively new method, which has been gaining importance over the past 10 years because of the significant exposure in international sporting events, such as the Olympic games. Although it is widely used by health professionals during treatment, there are few studies that provide information to justify the use of this technique and the ways in which it is applied for the treatment or prevention of any musculoskeletal affliction that causes pain.

Objective: Evaluate the effect of kinesio taping on cold-induced pain in young healthy individuals.

Methodology: 85 subjects aged 18 to 38 were selected, divided into a control group (CG: 41) and experimental group (EG: 44). The protocol for induction of pain by cold was done with cold water (0ºC – 2ºC), with immersion of the non-dominant hand. The variables analyzed were the pain threshold (PT), total time of immersion (TTI) and the pain intensity according to the visual analogue scale (VAS). Kinesio taping was then applied in an "I" shape, starting from the distal third of the forearm until the end of the third metacarpal bone; in the CG, KT was applied without putting tension on the tape; in the EG, KT was tensioned at 25% for the application. The volunteers were instructed to keep the KT applied for 24 hours. After this period, the subjects returned to the place of evaluation, where the KT was removed and the pain induction by cold protocol was once again performed.

Results: In the CG, 17 individuals were male and 24 female, with a mean age of 20.07 ±3.11. In the EG, 21 individuals were male and 23 female, with a mean age of 20.06 ±1.88. There was a significant increase in the variables PT and TTI, in addition to a decrease in the pain intensity according to VAS for both the CG and the EG, without a significant difference between the groups.

Conclusion: KT was able to reduce pain perception induced by the cold, but there was no difference between the experimental and control groups.

References

Kase K, Wallis J, Kase T. Clinical therapeutic applications of the Kinesio Taping Method. 2 ed. Tokyo: Ken Ikai; 2003.

González-Iglesias J, Fernández-De-Las-Peñas C, Cleland JA, Huijbregts P, Gutiérrez-Vega MR. Short-term effects of cervical Kinesio Taping on pain and cervical range of motion in patients with acute whiplash injury: a randomized clinical trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2009;39(7):515-21. LINK: http://www.jospt.org/doi/pdf/10.2519/jospt.2009.3072

Paoloni M, Bernetti A, Fratocchi G, Mangone M, Parrinelo L, Cooper MP, et al. Kinesio Taping applied to lumber muscles influences clinical and electromyographic characteristics in chronic low back pain patients. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2011;47(2):237-44.

Castro-Sánchez AM, Lara-Palomo IC, Matarán-Peñarrocha GA, Fernández-Sánchez M, Sánches-Labraca N, Arroyo-Morales M. KinesioTaping reduces disability and pain slightly in chronic non-specific low back pain: a randomised trial. J Physiother. 2012;58(2):89-95. LINK: http://www.journalofphysiotherapy.com/article/S1836-9553(12)70088-7/pdf

Nambi G, Shah BT. Kinesio taping versus Mulligan’s mobilization with movement in sub-acute lateral ankle sprain in secondary school Hockey players - comparative study. Int J Pharmac Health Care. 2012;2(2):136-49.

Chang HY, Wang CH, Chou KY, Cheng SC. Could forearm Kinesio Taping improve strength, force sense and pain in baseball pitchers with medial epicondylitis? Clin J Sport Med. 2012;22(4):327-33.

Campolo M, Babu J, Dmochowska K, Scariah S, Varughese J. A comparison of two taping Techniques (Kinesio and Mcconnell) and their effect on anterior knee pain during functional activities. The Int J of Sports Physical Therapy. 2013;8(2):105-10. LINK: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3625789/pdf/ijspt-08-105.pdf

Kachanathu SJ, Alenazi AM, Seif, HE, Hafez AR, Alroumim MA. Comparison between Kinesio taping and a traditional physical therapy program in treatment of nonspecific low back pain. J Phys Ther Sci. 2014;26(8):1185–88. LINK: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4155216/pdf/jpts-26-1185.pdf

Lee YS, Bae SH, Hwang JA, Kim KY. The effects of kinesio taping on architecture, strength and pain of muscles in delayed onset muscle soreness of biceps brachii. J Phys Ther Sci. 2015;27(2):477-9. LINK: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4339160/pdf/jpts-27-457.pdf

García-Muro F, Rodríguez-Fernández AL, Lucas AH. Treatment of myofascial pain in the shoulder with Kinesio Taping. A case report. Man Ther. 2010;15(3):292-5.

Kase K, Wallis J: The latest kinesio taping method. Tokyo: Ski-Journal 2002.

Kuru T, Yaliman A, Dereli EE. Comparison of efficiency of Kinesio® taping and electrical stimulation in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome. Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc. 2012;46(5):385-92. LINK: http://www.aott.org.tr/article/view/5000011034/5000011186

Artioli DP, Bertolini GRF. Kinesio taping: aplicação e seus resultados na dor: revisão sistemática. Fisioter Pesq 2014;21(1):94-99. LINK: http://www.revistas.usp.br/fpusp/article/view/80149/84042

Parreira PCS, Costa LCM, Takahashi R, Junior LCH, Junior MAL, Silva TM, Costa LOP. Kinesio Taping to generate skin convolutions is not better than sham taping for people with chronic non-specific low back pain: a randomised trial. J Physiother. 2014;60(2);90–96. LINK: http://www.journalofphysiotherapy.com/article/S1836-9553(14)00036-8/pdf

Thelen, M; Dauber, J; Stoneman, P. The clinical efficacy of Kinesio Tape for shoulder pain: a randomized, double-blinded, clinical trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2008;38(7);389-395. LINK: http://www.jospt.org/doi/pdf/10.2519/jospt.2008.2791

Firth B, Dingley P, Davies ER, et al. The effect of Kinesio Tape on function, pain, and motoneuronal excitability in healthy people and people with achilles tendinopathy. Clin J Sport Med. 2010;20(6):416-421.

Briem, K. et al. Effects of Kinesio Tape compared with nonelastic sports tape and the untaped ankle during a sudden inversion perturbation in male athletes. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2011;41(5):328-335. LINK: http://www.jospt.org/doi/pdf/10.2519/jospt.2011.3501

Francis RP, Marchant P, Johnson MI. Conventional versus acupuncture-like transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on cold-induced pain in healthy human participants: effects during stimulation. Clin Physiol Funct Imaging. 2011;31(5):363–70. LINK: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1475-097X.2011.01025.x/epdf

Parreira PCS, Costa LCM, Takahashi R, Junior LCH, Silva TM, Junior MAL, Pena Costa LOP. Do convolutions in Kinesio Taping matter? Comparison of two Kinesio Taping approaches in patients with chronic non-specific low back pain: protocol of a randomised Trial. J Physiother. 2013:59(1):52.

Cheroto AC, Yamada EF. Efeito da TENS e da corrente interferencial na dor induzida pelo frio. Rev Bras Reabilitação e Atividade Física. 2014;3(1):7-13. LINK: file:///C:/Users/MARCELO/Downloads/170-660-1-PB%20(1).pdf

Albahel F, Hafez AR, Zakaria AR, Al-ahaideb A, Buragadda S, Melam GR. Kinesio taping for the treatment of mechanical low back pain. World Appl. Sci. J.2013;22(1):78-84.

Williams S, Whatman C, Hume PA, Sheerin K. Kinesio Taping in treatment and prevention of sports injuries. Sports Med. 2012;42(2):153-164.

Aytar A, Ozunlu N, Surenkok O, Baltaci G, Oztop P, Karatas M. Initial effects of Kinesio® taping in patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome: A randomized, double-blind study. Isokinetics and Exercise Science. 2011;19:135–142. LINK: http://www.kinesiotaping.no/omoss/forskning/frontpage/aytar_2011.pdf

Lim ECW, Tay MGX. 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? A systematic review with meta-analysis focused onpain and also methods of tape application. Br J Sports Med. 2015;0:1–10. PubMed PMID: 25595290.

Karatas N, Bicici S, Baltaci G, Caner H. The Effect of Kinesio Tape application on functional performance in surgeons who have musculo-skeletal pain after performing surgery. Turk Neurosurg. 2012;22(1):83-9. LINK: http://www.turkishneurosurgery.org.tr/pdf/pdf_JTN_945.pdf

Batista CV, Ruaro JA, Ruaro MB, Dubiela A, Kerppers II, Suckow PPT, Knaut SAM, Fréz AR. Uso da kinesio taping na dor lombar: revisão sistemática. Cons Saúde. 2014;13(1):147-152. LINK: http://www.redalyc.org/articulo.oa?id=92930146019

Parreira PCS, Costa LCM, Junior LCH, Lopes AD, Costa LOP. Current evidence does not support the use of Kinesio Taping in clinical practice: a systematic review. J Physiother. 2014;60(1):31-9. LINK: http://www.journalofphysiotherapy.com/article/S1836-9553(14)00009-5/pdf

Downloads

Published

2015-09-07

Issue

Section

Sports Medicine

Most read articles by the same author(s)