Efficacy of Kinesio Taping in Reducing Low Back Pain: A-comprehensive Review
Kim Trobec, Meltia Persolija
Corresponding author: Melita Persojia//Faculty of health sciences- Unit Nova Gorcia, University of Primorska, Delpinova 18/8, 500 Nova gorcia, Slovenia. Email:email@example.com – Submitted:13 February 2017// Accepted: 05 April 2017
Background-Kinesio Taping is rehabilitative technique used to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints, without restricting their range of motion. We conducted a thorough literature search and evaluation to clarify whether Kinesio Taping is effective
in reducing lower back pain.
Methods/ Materials-Cochrane Library, CINAHL, COBIB.SI, PubMed and Science Direct were searched using Boolean
operators search strings of different keywords such as adult, low back pain, Kinesio tape, Kinesio Taping, Kinesio Taping, effects. The search was limited to full-text articles published from 2011 to 2016.
Results-A total of 137 records were identified, 123 abstracts screened, and 14 full-text articles assessed for eligibility. Finally, nine publications were selected using Critical Appraisal Skills Program tool: Eight randomized clinical studies and one literature review. The key variables from collected data were the subject
characteristics, taping technique, control interventions, instrument, and outcome.
Conclusion-The effect of Kinesio Taping in reducing low back pain is positive but was not statistically significant in analyzed studies. Taping therapy may therefore be used as a supplementary method to conventional physical therapy procedures and may be important for patients because of its easy accessibility
Keywords-Effect, evidence based nursing, health education, Kinesio Taping, low back pain