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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 151-157

Kinesiology taping as an adjunct for pain management: A review of literature and evidence

Centre for Pain Research, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University; Leeds Pallium Research Group, Leeds, United Kingdom

Correspondence Address:
Gourav Banerjee
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, LS1 3HE
United Kingdom
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-5333.198005

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Current evidence-based practice guidelines for the management of nonacute persistent and recurring musculoskeletal-related pain have emphasized the use of holistic multidisciplinary approaches including nonpharmacological therapies. Kinesiology taping is a simple, economical, easy-to-apply, nondrug therapeutic technique that is used by health-care professionals for managing and rehabilitating musculoskeletal injuries. High-quality research on kinesiology taping is limited, although recent evidence suggests that kinesiology taping may have a small effect in mitigating pain and may be associated with mild cutaneous side effects. We present a review of the principles of kinesiology taping and an evaluation of research on its efficacy to catalyze discussion among clinicians about the merits of kinesiology taping as an adjunct for pain management.

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