K-Tape (Kinesio Taping) lambasted

Posted 03 October 2022

Exercise physiologist Nick Tiller, MRes, PhD, has examined the jargon-filled promotional claims and scientific evidence regarding kinesiology tape, also known as Kinesio Tape, KT Tape, or K-Tape, commonly used by athletes to stabilize injured joints. He concluded:

When the omnipresence of K-tape in health and fitness is contrasted against the evidence for its benefit, the disparity is among the largest I have seen for any intervention, second only to chiropractic and homeopathy. Exactly how long this practice will endure, despite the damning evidence, remains to be seen, although if other pseudoscientific practices serve as an indication, K-Tape may be with us indefinitely. Notwithstanding, there is likely to be a potent placebo effect that some proponents will use to justify its continued use in the clinic. In fact, around 40 percent of athletic trainers and physiotherapists are already cognizant that K-tape works only via placebo. They use … Read the rest

Kinesio Taping

Posted 11 July 2012

 Kinesio Taping is a method of applying a particular plaster to the body in a specific way, nowadays often seen used by rugby players and other sports people. Physiologically does not appear to make sense. Is there any evidence that it works?

The UK ASA evaluated the evidence and found the evidence very inadequate.

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