Current evidence does not support the use of Kinesio Taping
Kinesio Taping has become a very popular treatment for several health conditions over the last decade. Currently, new trials of Kinesio Taping are frequently being published. Given this substantial amount of new data, an updated systematic review was needed to inform clinicians and patients about the effects of this intervention in musculoskeletal conditions.
The effectiveness of the Kinesio Taping was tested in participants with: shoulder pain in two trials; knee pain in three trials; chronic low back pain in two trials; neck pain in three trials; plantar fasciitis in one trial; and multiple musculoskeletal conditions in one trial.
When used for a range of musculoskeletal conditions, Kinesio Taping had no benefit over sham taping/placebo and active comparison therapies, the benefit was too small to be clinically worthwhile, or the trials were of low quality. Therefore, current evidence does not support the use of Kinesio Taping for musculoskeletal conditions. Some authors concluded that Kinesio Taping was effective when their data did not identify significant benefit. > From: Parreira et al., J Physiother 60 (2014) 31-39. All rights reserved to The Australian Physiotherapy Association. Published by Elsevier B.V. Click here for the Pubmed summary.
How Kinesio Tape is used to supposedly stabilize the shoulder: