Does “Kinesio-Taping” influence dynamic standing balance?

E. Abdi, F. J. Ferrari, M.A. Choukou, E. De Ru, F.C. Boyer, H. Trenchard, R. Taiar


Objective: Investigate the possible effects of Kineso-Tape (KT) on the dynamic balance in healthy adults.      

Method: A total of 24 healthy males with no foot or lower limb deformities participated in the study. The study was composed of 2 experiments (A and B). The “A” experiment consisted of a comparison between the effects of KT and rigid tape on standing balance.  The “B” experiment consisted of a test-retest study of the short-term effects of the both tapes (B1 and B2 respectively). The measured variable  was the pressure distribution during 30s.

Results: The pressure distribution was significantly lower with application of KT than barefoot concerning the left and conversely  (P<.05). The pressure distribution was higher with tape application than barefoot in the front side and conversely. Effects of KT and rigid tape were not significantly different (p>.05). The B1 revealed that pressure distribution on the left side was higher after 48-72h of rigid tape retention.

Conclusion: The KT presented suitable simulative properties which were still present after 2-3 days. Accordingly, it should be used for proprioceptive therapy purposes. Contrary, rigid tape results in stabilizing the ankle joint which makes it appropriate for immobilizing joints.

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