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Kinesiology Taping Can Reduce Chronic Low Back Pain

Doctor kinesiology taping patient to reduce pain

Many people are familiar with kinesiology taping. This is the use of special tape to help address areas on the body that have pain or injury. Athletes have been taping particular areas of their body where there is pain for decades.

This leads to the question: what about helping people who suffer from chronic low back pain? Researchers set out to explore whether or not taping would help those with chronic low back pain.

The results of their research are published in the May 2021 issue of the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders [1]. To conduct the study, they recruited 110 patients who have chronic low back pain. They had half of them use taping therapy, referred to as Medi-Taping, and the other half were given the standard treatment of patient education and physiotherapy. The new Medi-Taping treatment option has been devised for those who have pelvis obliquity, which is a misalignment of the pelvis where one hip is higher than the other.

The study was conducted over a three-week treatment period, with measurements taken at the beginning and end, as well as at the two-month follow-up point. Patients reported the measurement of low back pain, as well as their level of disability. 

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What the study showed was that both groups benefited from the treatment that they received. However, those who had used the taping method had a slightly better improvement. The researchers found no significant difference between the end point and follow-up. One of the most important aspects of this study is that participants who used the Medi-Taping therapy reported that their health-related quality of life was significantly higher.

Those who suffer from chronic low back pain may benefit from using the Medi-Taping method of addressing their pelvis obliquity. Since the 1970s, people have been using kinesiology taping as a way to address specific conditions, including pain, sore muscles, muscle fatigue, and more. It’s an affordable treatment option, which makes it a low-risk investment for those who want to give it a try and see if it will bring about relief. 

While a physical therapist or other pain management professional may show you how to use the taping method from the start, it’s often something that you can repeat on your own at home. Considering the tape would be going on your back, you would likely need someone to help you with the tape placement. 

Medi-Taping provides one more tool for our chest of options to try to bring about chronic pain relief. Speak with your doctor if you’d like to give this method a try. There’s a good chance, according to the researchers, that you may improve your quality of life if you do.

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  1. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. Assessment of taping method combined with manual therapy as a treatment of non-specific chronic low back pain. May 2021. 
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Posted: August 2, 2021
<a href="" target="_self">Dr. Steven H. Richeimer</a>

Dr. Steven H. Richeimer

Steven Richeimer, M.D. is a renowned specialist on issues related to chronic pain. He is the chief of the Division of Pain Medicine at the University of Southern California. He has written or co-written a large number of scientific articles about pain medicine. He recently published an instructive book and guide for pain patients. Dr. Richeimer has given numerous lectures to medical and lay audiences throughout the U.S.

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