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Short-Term Effects of Cervical Kinesio Taping on Pain and Cervical Range of Motion

Short-Term Effects of Cervical Kinesio Taping on Pain and Cervical Range of Motion in Patients With Acute Whiplash.

Whiplash injuries or whiplash-associated disorders (WADs) often occur with motor vehicle accidents. “Whiplash is an acceleration deceleration mechanism of
energy transfer to the neck. It may result from rear-end or side impact motor vehicle collisions, but can also occur during diving or other mishaps. The
impact may result in bony or soft tissue injuries (whiplash), which in turn may lead to a variety of clinical manifestations.


To determine the short-term effects of Kinesio Taping, applied to the cervical spine, on neck pain and cervical range of motion in individuals with acute
whiplash-associated disorders (WADs).


Researchers have begun to investigate the effects of Kinesio Taping on different musculoskeletal conditions (eg, shoulder and trunk pain). Considering the
demonstrated short-term effectiveness of Kinesio Tape for the management of shoulder pain, it is suggested that Kinesio Tape may also be beneficial in
reducing pain associated with WAD.

Methods and measures:

Forty-one patients assigned to 1 of 2 groups: the experimental group received Kinesio Taping to the cervical spine (applied with tension) and the placebo
group received a sham Kinesio Taping application (applied without tension). Both neck pain and cervical range-of-motion data were collected at baseline,
immediately after the Kinesio Tape application, and at a 24-hour follow-up by an assessor blinded to the treatment allocation of the patients.


Patients receiving Kinesio Taping experienced a greater decrease in pain immediately Post application and at the 24-hour follow up. The group-by-time
interaction was also significant for all directions of cervical range of motion.


Patients with acute WAD receiving an application of Kinesio Taping, applied with proper tension, exhibited statistically significant improvements
immediately following application of the Kinesio Tape and at a 24-hour follow-up.