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Comparing spinal manipulation with and without Kinesio Taping® in the treatment of chronic low back pain


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Structural and chiropractic

J Bodyw Mov Ther.2018 Apr;22(2):540-545.


F Kamali, E Sinaei, E Taherkhani


Objectives: Chronic non-specific low back pain (CNLBP) is a prevalent problem among athletes that can cause long-lasting disability and time lost from sporting activities. Thus far, a variety of methods have been suggested to address this problem, including spinal manipulation (SM) and Kinesio Tape® (KT). The aim of this study was to investigate whether adding KT to SM can provide any extra effect in athletes with CNLBP or not.Method: Forty-two athletes (21males, 21females) with CNLBP were randomized into two groups of SM (n = 21) and SM plus KT (n = 21). Pain intensity, functional disability level and trunk flexor-extensor muscles endurance were assessed by Numerical Rating Scale (NRS), Oswestry pain and disability index (ODI), McQuade test, and unsupported trunk holding test, respectively. The tests were done before and immediately, one day, one week, and one month after the interventions and compared between the two groups.Results: After treatments, pain intensity and disability level decreased and endurance of trunk flexor-extensor muscles increased significantly in both groups. Repeated measures analysis, however, showed that there was no significant difference between the groups in any of the evaluations.Conclusions: The findings of the present study showed that adding KT to SM does not appear to have a significant extra effect on pain, disability and muscle endurance in athletes with CNLBP. However, more studies are needed to examine the therapeutic effects of KT in treating these patients. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRY NUMBER (IRCT.IR): IRCT2016020624149N5.

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2018 Apr



Kamali, F., Sinaei, E., Taherkhani, E. (2018) 'Comparing spinal manipulation with and without Kinesio Taping® in the treatment of chronic low back pain', J Bodyw Mov Ther.2018 Apr;22(2):540-545.

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