Effects of elastic tape in pregnant women with low back pain: A randomized controlled trial
Chamnankrom, M.; Manimmanakorn, Nuttaset; Manimmanakorn, Apiwan; Kongwattanakul, K.; Hamlin, Michael J.
BACKGROUND: Low back pain is a common problem in pregnant woman. Elastic tape is an alternative method that may reduce low back pain. OBJECTIVES: To compare the effect of elastic tape to placebo tape in the treatment of low back pain in pregnant women. METHODS: Forty pregnant women were allocated into two groups: elastic group (n= 20) and placebo group (n= 20). All participants were taped by either stretched (elastic group) or non-stretched (placebo group) Kinesio tape at the lower back area for one week. RESULTS: After the application of stretched elastic tape, lower back pain was significantly reduced by 29.4% (p= 0.003) immediately post-taping and by a further 75.4% after wearing the tape for a week. Compared to the placebo group, lower back pain was significantly reduced in the elastic group after one week of wearing the tape (p< 0.001). Compared to placebo, the application of elastic tape significantly reduced the disability score (Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire) after one week of wearing the tape (p= 0.018). Taping to the back improved walking speed (immediately and after one week) in both the elastic (p< 0.001, p< 0.001) and placebo groups (p<0.001, p= 0.001); however, the application of either tape had little effect on posture change. CONCLUSION: Elastic tape reduced back pain and improved physical function in pregnant women compared to the placebo tape.... [Show full abstract]
Keywordsback pain; disability; kinesio tape; postural change; pregnancy; walking speed; Orthopedics; Humans; Low Back Pain; Pregnancy Complications; Treatment Outcome; Double-Blind Method; Posture; Adult; Pregnant Women; Female; Athletic Tape; Young Adult
Fields of Research110604 Sports Medicine
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