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14 January 2018 : Clinical Research  

Is Kinesio Taping to Generate Skin Convolutions Effective for Increasing Local Blood Circulation?

Jae-Man Yang1ABCDEFG, Jung-Hoon Lee2ACDEFG*

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.905708

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24: CLR288-293

Abstract

BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether traditional application of Kinesio taping, which produces wrinkles in the skin, is effective for improving blood circulation. This study investigated local skin temperature changes after the application of an elastic therapeutic tape using convolution and non-convolution taping methods (CTM/NCTM).

MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-eight pain-free men underwent CTM and NCTM randomly applied to the right and left sides of the lower back. Using infrared thermography, skin temperature was measured before, immediately after application, 5 min later, 15 min later, and after the removal of the tape.

RESULTS: Both CTM and NCTM showed a slight, but significant, decrease in skin temperature for up to 5 min. The skin temperature at 15 min and after the removal of the tape was not significantly different from the initial temperature for CTM and NCTM. There were also no significant differences in the skin temperatures between CTM and NCTM.

CONCLUSIONS: Our findings do not support a therapeutic effect of wrinkling the skin with elastic tape application as a technique to increase local blood flow.

Keywords: Blood Circulation, Pain, Thermography

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