Effects of kinesio taping on neuromuscular performance and pain of individuals affected by patellofemoral pain (2018)

Melo SA, Macedo LDB, Borges DT, Brasileiro JS

Literatuur type: RCT

Publicatie jaar: 2018


Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is one of the most frequent musculoskeletal dysfunctions in the knee and its treatment is controversial. This study analyzed the effects of Kinesio Taping (KT) immediately and 72 hours after its application on the electromyographic (EMG) activity of the vastus medialis oblique (VMO) muscle, on the isokinetic performance of the quadriceps femoris and on the pain of subjects with PFP


Fifty-four participants were divided into three groups and performed one of the following protocols: (1) control group (CG)—remained at rest; (2) KT tension group (TG)—KT application with tension in the VMO region; and (3) KT without tension group (WTG)—KT application without tension in the same region. VMO and vastus lateralis (VL) EMG activity (RMS and onset), isokinetic performance and pain intensity were evaluated at three moments: before KT application, immediately after and 72 hours after. A mixed model ANOVA was used for statistical analysis with a significance level of 5% (p ≤ 0.05).


No differences between the evaluated groups were found in relation to EMG variables and isokinetic performance. A reduction in pain intensity was found in the WTG in comparison to CG, after 72 hours.


KT does not alter EMG parameters nor the isokinetic performance of subjects with PFP. However, we noticed reduced pain in the group submitted to the technique without tension 72 hours after its application.


Beoordeling:    4.5/5


  • Pijndempend effect ook gemeten bij aanleg van tape zonder stretch
  • bij de “no-tension tapegroep” is de tapoe aangelegd met de huid in neutrale/verkorte positie, waardoor de tape bij beweging altijd prikkelt!
  • Groepen zijn klein
  • is pijn gelijk te stellen aan/afhankelijk van de te gemeten EMG??
  • Dames tussen 18-35 jaar


Referenties: Physiotherapy theory and practice