Another Kick in the Pants for Kinesio Tape

For those who don’t know, Kinesio Tape is the colorful, stretchy tape that you see displayed on many athletes. The purported benefits are numerous, with each one being more imaginative than the former.

kinesiotape Last year, I wrote a piece that outlined the data on Kinesio Tape and looked at a couple meta-analysis papers (studies that pool the data from all the other studies). These meta-analysis studies not only show a lack of data supporting Kinesio Tape, but actually provide evidence that Kinesio Tape is no better than sham/placebo.
That was last year.

More recently, in June 2014, the Journal of Physiotherapy published another review of the available data and came to the same conclusion.

Looking at studies on shoulder pain, neck pain, low back pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis and other complaints, the authors concluded, “The current evidence does not support the use of this intervention in these clinical populations“. In other words, there the evidence does not support the idea of using Kinesio Tape for any of these complaints.

Unfortunately, many therapists will not only ignore this evidence, but continue to use it on patients and bill insurance companies for it. It is possible that billing insurance companies for the time spent with the patient could be considered fraudulent, as I wrote about here.