Work Type



Fall 2015

Faculty Advisor

Bob Boyles




Title: The Immediate Effects of Kinesio Taping Versus Thoracic Manipulation in Subjects with Mechanical Neck Pain: A Pilot Study.

Authors: Brynn A. Blickenstaff, SPT1; Jenae L. Perman, SPT1; Ashley N. Rojan, ATC, AT/L, SPT1; Dr. Robert E. Boyles, PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT1.

Affiliation(s): 1. Physical Therapy Program, University of Puget Sound.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare the short-term effects of thoracic spine thrust manipulation and exercise (TSM-EX), cervical spine Kinesio Taping and exercise (KT-EX), and exercise only in subjects with mechanical neck pain (MNP).

Subjects: Eleven participants who met all eligibility criteria with complaints of MNP were included in the study.

Materials & Methods: Following self-reported outcome measures were used: the Numeric Pain Rating Scale (NPRS), the Neck Disability Index (NDI), and the Global Rating of Change (GRC). Participants were randomly assigned to one of three groups: TSM-EX (n=6), KT-EX (n=2), or HEP alone (n=3). All participants were treated once weekly for 2 weeks, with a follow-up visit on the third week for a total of 3 visits.

Results: KT-EX and TSM-EX showed a trend of decreased NDI and NPRS scores each week. The exercise group showed a decrease in NDI and NPRS scores between baseline and week 1. All groups showed improvement in symptoms on the GRC all weeks except week 2 for the exercise group, which on average remained the same.

Conclusions: This pilot study demonstrates the need to further investigate the effects of Kinesio Taping compared to thoracic manipulation in patients with MNP. We are unable to report significant differences due to the low power of this study. However, KT-EX and TSM-EX groups demonstrated superior results in all outcome measures compared to the control group.


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