Document Type

Critically Appraised Topic

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Clinical Scenario

Kinesio Tape was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, chiropractor and acupuncturist, in 1979. The claimed effects of Kinesio Tape include correcting muscle function, improving circulation, reducing inflammation, relieving pain, repositioning subluxed joints, and relaxing and supporting muscles and joints. Kinesio Tape debuted in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and is now commonly used by professional athletes. In addition, it is commonly used in a therapeutic setting by physical and occupational therapists. It is popular due in part to the endorsement by professional athletes as well as its affordability, accessibility, latex free properties, water resistance, extended wear times, and its unique ability to stretch. Therapists can become certified in applying Kinesio Tape, although the certification is not required. For most of the studies, participants were treated in a clinical setting and taped by a licensed therapist.

Clinical Question

Is Kinesio Taping effective in a therapeutic setting?

Clinical Bottom Line

Kinesio Tape has not been proven to be effective or ineffective in a therapeutic setting.