The effect of Kinesio Taping on maximal grip force and key pinch force
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Rehabilitation Department, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania
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Rehabilitation Department, Medical Academy, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Eiveniu˛ 2, LT-50009 Kaunas, Lithuania.
Submission date: 2012-06-30
Acceptance date: 2012-07-28
Publication date: 2020-04-10
Pol. Ann. Med. 2012;19(2):98–105
Kinesio Taping method is used to achieve various therapeutic effects such as circulation improvement, subcutaneous lymphatic drainage, muscle facilitation or inhibition, fascia correction, and mechanical correction. According to its founder, the effects of KinesioTex tape on the body will differ depending on how and where such tape is placed.

To evaluate whether Kinesio Taping can increase maximal grip force and maximal key pinch force for healthy non-athletic subjects after 30 min and 1 h following the application.

Material and methods:
In total, 54 healthy subjects participated in this study. Both hands were used in the research. Special Kinesio Taping technique was applied to 32 hands (Kinesio Taping group), and placebo taping to 22 hands (placebo group); no taping technique was applied to 54 hands (control group). A dynamometer was employed for grip force, and a manometer for key pinch force measurements. The chosen level of significance was p < 0.05. The power of the study was calculated. In the case of β ≤ 0.2, the difference was statistically significant.

Results and discussion:
In the Kinesio Taping group no changes in maximal key pinch force after 30 min were observed; however, 1 h following the application maximal key pinch force increased (p < 0.05, β = 0.3); maximal grip force increased both after 30 min (p < 0.05, β = 0.2) and 1 h following the application (p < 0.05, β < 0.2). No changes in the measured forces were observed in the placebo and control groups (p > 0.05).

The Kinesio Taping technique did not result in changes to maximal key pinch force after 30 min, but increased maximal key pinch force after 1 h and maximal grip force after 30 min and 1 h following such application.

Tapes used in this research (KinesioTex Gold) were sponsored by the International Kinesio Taping Association. The International Kinesio Taping Association had no influence on this research, the interpretation of data, or the final conclusions.
None declared.
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