Short term effects of kinesiotaping on acromiohumeral distance in asymptomatic subjects

A randomised controlled trial

A. Luque-Suarez*, S. Navarro-Ledesma, P. Petocz, M. J. Hancock, J. Hush

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Objectives: The first aim of this study was to investigate whether kinesiotaping (KT) can increase the acromiohumeral distance (AHD) in asymptomatic subjects in the short term. The second aim was to investigate whether the direction of kinesiotaping application influences AHD. Background: In recent years, the use of KT has become increasingly popular for a range of musculoskeletal conditions and for sport injuries. To date, we are unaware of any research investigating the effect of kinesiotaping on AHD. Moreover, it is unknown whether the direction of kinesiotaping application for the shoulder is important. Methods: Forty nine participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: kinesiotaping group 1 (KT1), kinesiotaping group 2 (KT2) and sham kinesiotaping (KT3). AHD ultrasound measurements at 0° and 60° of shoulder elevation were collected at baseline and immediately after kinesiotape application. Results: The results showed significant improvements in AHD after kinesiotaping, compared with sham taping. The mean difference in AHD between KT1 and KT3 groups was 1.28mm (95% CI: 0.55, 2.03), and between KT2 and KT3 was 0.98mm (95% CI: 0.23, 1.74). Comparison of KT1 and KT2 groups, which was performed to identify whether the direction of taping influences the AHD, indicated there were no significant differences. Conclusion: KT increases AHD in healthy individuals immediately following application, compared with sham kinesiotape. No differences were found with respect to the direction in which KT was applied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)573-577
Number of pages5
JournalManual Therapy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


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