The effect of kinesio taping in forward bending of the lumbar spine

This study aimed to evaluate the effect of a lumbar fascia Kinesio Taping(®) technique on forward bending range of motion. This was a longitudinal study with a randomized clinical trial composed of 39 subjects divided into three groups (control, Kinesio Without Tension-KWT, and Kinesio Fascia Correction-KFC). The subjects were assessed by Schober and fingertip-to-floor tests and left the tape in place for 48 hours before being reassessed 24 hours, 48 hours and 30 days following its removal. In all three experimental groups no significant differences were seen with the Schober test, but it was possible to observe an increase in lumbar flexion after 30 days. With the fingertip-to-floor distance assessment, the KFC and KWT groups exhibited significantly improved flexibility 24 hours and 48 hours after the tape had been removed.

The Kinesio Taping(®) influenced fascia mobility, allowing for slight improvement of lumbar flexibility.

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