ObjectivesTo systematically review the efficacy of kinesio taping on post stroke shoulder pain.MethodsPubMed, EMbase, The Cochrane Library, Web of Science, PEDro, CNKI and WanFang Data databases were electronically searched to collect randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of kinesio taping on shoulder pain after stroke from inception to November, 2018. Two reviewers independently screened literature, extracted data and assessed the risk of bias of included studies, then, meta-analysis was performed by using RevMan 5.3 software.ResultsA total of 8 RCTs involving 525 patients were included. The results of meta-analysis showed that, compared with the control group, kinesio taping group for 4 weeks treatment significantly reduced shoulder pain (SMD=−0.81, 95%CI −0.58 to −0.04, P=0.04), increased range of motion of shoulder flexion (SMD=0.59, 95%CI 0.17 to 1.01, P=0.006) and abduction (SMD=0.67, 95%CI 0.24 to 1.09, P=0.002). It also improved Fugl-Meyer upper limb function (SMD=1.00, 95%CI 0.25 to 1.76, P=0.009).ConclusionsCurrent evidence shows that the kinesio taping for 4 weeks duration can effectively reduce shoulder pain after stroke. Due to limited quality and quantity of the included studies, more high-quality studies are required to verify above conclusions.
Kinesio taping is a technique which applies elastic patches on the body surface in a specific way to produce mechanical and neurophysiological effects, so as to support and protect the musculoskeletal system and improve the motor function of patients with various chronic musculoskeletal conditions. In addition, Kinesio taping has become popular among physiotherapists and showed certain clinical effect in the treatment of other fields such as neurological and pediatric rehabilitation in recent years, however its physiological mechanism is still unclear. This article puts forward some thinking and prospect on the basis of the review of clinical research and application of Kinesio taping, aiming to provide a reference for the research of clinical application and physiological mechanism of this technology.
ObjectiveTo systematically review the efficacy of Kinesio taping on upper limb function recovery in stroke patients.MethodsPubMed, The Cochrane Library, Web of Science, WanFang Data, CNKI and VIP databases were electronically searched to collect randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of the efficacy of Kinesio taping on upper limb function recovery in stroke patients from inception to December 20th, 2020. Two reviewers independently screened literature, extracted data and assessed the risk of bias of included studies. Meta-analysis was then performed by using RevMan 5.3 software.ResultsA total of 13 RCTs involving 589 patients were included. The results of meta-analysis showed that compared with the control group, Kinesio taping significantly improved the FMA-UE score (MD=6.21, 95%CI 3.68 to 8.74, P<0.000 01), VAS score (MD=1.76, 95%CI 1.30 to 2.23, P<0.000 01), and MBI score (MD=10.28, 95%CI 8.43 to 12.13, P<0.000 01) of patients.ConclusionsCurrent evidence shows that the Kinesio taping can significantly improve the upper limb motor function, pain, and daily living ability of stroke patients. Due to the limited quality and quantity of the included studies, more high-quality studies are needed to verify the above conclusions.