Kinesio taping® does not alter joint position sense in healthy subjects: randomized, clinical trial.
Keywords:Propriocepcion, Postural balance, Mechanoreceptors
Introduction: The Kinesio Taping® is an elastic functional tape with specific characteristics that, when applied on muscles, aims to assist and functionally support them. Its effect on proprioception, a component of the somatosensory
system, is still poorly understood. Objective: To assess the immediate effects of the application of Kinesio Taping® (KT)
on knee joint position sense (JPS) of healthy subjects. Method: This is a controlled, randomized-blinded clinical trial.
Sixty females volunteers (age: 23.3 ± 2.5 years, BMI: 22.2 ± 2.1 kg/m2) were randomly divided into 3 groups with 20
members each, and they performed one of three protocols: control - 10 minutes of resting; nonelastic adhesive tape -
application over the rectus femoris (RF), vastus lateralis (VL) and vastus medialis (VM) muscles; and KT - application
of KT over the same muscles. All were subjected to knee JPS evaluation on an isokinetic dynamometer, in which the
analyzed variable was the absolute error, before and after interventions. Results: There were no significant changes in
knee JPS in the assessed groups, using absolute error (control group p=0,14; nonelastic adhesive tape group p=0,32;
KT group p=0,91). Conclusion: The application of KT on the RF, VL and VM muscles was not able to significantly improve the knee JPS of healthy women.