First Advisor

Gary Brodowicz

Term of Graduation

Fall 2016

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Studies


Community Health




Bandages and bandaging -- Therapeutic use, Back -- Muscles, Backache -- Treatment



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 35 pages)


Low back pain (LBP) is a common health problem that contributes to the high cost of health care. Improvement in trunk range of motion has been considered to be an important factor in ameliorating the symptoms of LBP. Kinesio® taping is a prominent therapeutic modality commonly used in the variety of populations for treating musculoskeletal conditions. However, previous research on the efficacy of Kinesio® taping for LBP is limited. The purpose of this study was to investigate the immediate and short-term effects of Kinesio® taping with the muscle inhibition technique on active trunk flexion range of motion. Twenty-five subjects with no history of LBP in the past 6 months or LBP lasting over six weeks at any point in past were recruited from a Division I athlete population. Each subject underwent two Kinesio® taping trials in a cross-over design with a 7-10 day washout period (placebo application and inhibition technique application), during which several trunk flexion range of motion measurements were made. Subjects wore the tape for 48 hours, and active trunk flexion range of motion was measured at baseline, immediate post-tape application, and 48 hours post-tape application. A significant trial by time interaction was found (F = 9.629; p = 0.002), and follow-up analysis of the inhibition technique trial revealed a significant increase in active trunk range of motion between baseline and 48-hours post-tape. No significant differences were noted in the placebo trial. The findings suggest that the inhibition Kinesio® taping technique may eventually prove to be a beneficial therapeutic modality for improving active trunk flexion range of motion in patients with LBP.


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