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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013, Article ID 767106, 7 pages
Clinical Study

Effect of Kinesiology Taping on Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema: A Randomized Single-Blind Controlled Pilot Study

1Department of Physiotherapy Basics, Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Mikolowska 72 Street, 40-065 Katowice, Poland
2Department of Medical Biophysics, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Medykow 18 Street, 40-752 Katowice, Poland
3Department of Physiotherapy, Provita Clinic in Zory, Boczna 6 Street, 44-240 Zory, Poland
4Department of Physiotherapy, Public Higher Professional Medical School in Opole, Katowicka 68 Street, 40-060 Opole, Poland
5Department of Descriptive and Topographic Anatomy, Medical University of Silesia in Zabrze, Jordana 19 Street, 41-808 Zabrze, Poland
6Department of Physiotherapy in Internal Medicine, Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Mikolowska 72 Street, 40-065 Katowice, Poland
7Department of General Surgery and Gastroenterology, Medical University of Silesia in Bytom, Zeromskiego 7 Street, 41-902 Bytom, Poland

Received 30 September 2013; Accepted 8 November 2013

Academic Editor: Tomasz Urbanek

Copyright © 2013 A. Smykla et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy of Kinesiology Taping (KT) for treating breast cancer-related lymphedema. Sixty-five women with unilateral stage II and III lymphedema were randomly grouped into the KT group (K-tapes, ), the Quasi KT group (quasi K-tapes, ), or the MCT group (multilayered compression therapy group, ). Skin care, 45 min pneumatic compression therapy, 1 h manual lymphatic drainage, and application of K-tape/Quasi K-tapes/multilayered short-stretch bandages were given every treatment session, 3 times per week for 1 month. Patient evaluation items included limb size and percentage edema. Comparing the changes in K-tapes with quasi K-tapes changes, there were no significant differences ( ). The edema reduction of multilayered bandages was much better than in results observed in taping groups. The KT appeared to be ineffective at secondary lymphedema after breast cancer treatment. The single-blind, controlled pilot study results suggest that K-tape could not replace the bandage, and at this moment it must not be an alternative choice for the breast cancer-related lymphedema patient. The trial is registered with ACTRN12613001173785.