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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2015, Article ID 950519, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/950519
Review Article

The Kinesio Taping Method for Myofascial Pain Control

1Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung 40447, Taiwan
2Department of Physical Therapy, Hungkuang University, Taichung 43302, Taiwan
3School of Chinese Medicine, College of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung 40402, Taiwan
4Research Center for Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture, China Medical University, Taichung 40402, Taiwan

Received 8 March 2015; Revised 2 April 2015; Accepted 8 April 2015

Academic Editor: Alan Needle

Copyright © 2015 Wei-Ting Wu 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.

Abstract

Many people continue suffering from myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) defined as a regional pain syndrome characterized by muscle pain caused by myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) clinically. Muscle spasm and block of blood circulation can be noticed in the taut bands. In the MTrP region, nociceptors can be sensitized by the peripheral inflammatory factors and contracture of fascia can also be induced. Traditional treatments of MPS include stretching therapy, thermal treatment, electrical stimulation, massage, manipulation, trigger points injection, acupuncture, and medicine. However, the pain syndrome may not be relieved even under multiple therapies. Recently, the Kinesio Taping (KT) method is popularly used in sports injuries, postoperative complications, and various pain problems, but little research is focused on MPS with KT method. In this paper, we review the research studies on the application to KT in treating MPS and other related issues. It appears that the KT application can elevate the subcutaneous space and then increase the blood circulation and lymph fluid drainage to reduce the chemical factors around the MTrP region. Therefore, it is suggested that KT method can be used as a regular treatment or added to the previous treatment for myofascial pain.