Kinesio taping ® is not better than placebo in reducing pain and disability in paients with chronic non-specific low back pain

Luz MA Jr, Neves LAFS, Cezar AAC, Costa LOP

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Kinesio Taping has been widely used in clinical practice. However, it is unknown whether this type of tape is more effective than placebo taping in patients with chronic lower back pain.

To compare the effectiveness of Kinesio Taping in patients with chronic non-specific low back pain against a placebo tape and a control group.

This is a 3-arm, randomized controlled trial with a blinded assessor. Sixty patients with chronic non-specific low back pain were randomized into one of the three groups: Kinesio Taping group (n=20), Micropore (placebo) group (n=20) and control group (n=20). Patients allocated to both the Kinesio Taping group and the placebo group used the different types of tape for a period of 48 hours. The control group did not receive any intervention. The outcomes measured were pain intensity (measured by an 11-point numerical rating scale) and disability (measured by the 24-item Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire). A blinded assessor measured the outcomes at baseline, 48 hours and 7 days after randomization.

After 48 hours, there was a statistically significant difference between the Kinesio Taping group versus the control group (mean between-group difference = -3.1 points, 95% CI=-5.2 to -1.1, p=0.003), but no difference when compared to the placebo group (mean between-group difference= 1.9 points, 95% CI=-0.2 to 3.9, p=0.08). For the other outcomes no differences were observed.

The Kinesio Taping is not better than placebo (Micropore) in patients with chronic low back pain. number: NCT0200766.



Braz J Phys Ther. 2015 Nov-Dec; 19(6): 482-490