Skin irritation incidence following kinesiology tape use in patients with neurological disorders: multicenter observation.
Esther de Ru 1, 2,   Emilia Mikołajewska 3, 4  
 
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GoPhysio NL, Zutphen, Nederland
2
Centre Mar y Salud, El Morche Málaga, Spain
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Department of Physiotherapy, Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland
4
Neurocognitive Laboratory, Centre for Modern Interdisciplinary Technologies, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Emilia Mikołajewska   

Department of Physiotherapy, Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland, ul. Jagiellońska 36B/11, 85-074 Bydgoszcz, Polska
 
Ann. Acad. Med. Siles. 2017;71:7–13
 
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Introduction:
Kinesiology taping can be used as an independent or supportive method in rehabilitation. It can be utilized for many injuries, disorders and diseases. The aim of this observational study was to record the incidence of contact allergies or other adverse skin changes amongst patients with neurological disorders treated with kinesiology tape.

Material and methods:
One hundred and sixty patients from four countries (Poland, Spain, England, Holland) both females and males, treated with kinesiology tape were included. The second author (Poland) looked for skin reactions during each new application. In the other three countries (Spain, England, Holland) therapists initiated tape application and parents or caregiver’s reported to the first author by means of an online questionnaire.

Results:
The incidence of skin reaction was 9.38%.

Conclusions:
Despite the fact that kinesiology taping is regarded as an effective, safe and patient-friendly treatment, there is still need for careful application. This is especially the case in neurological patients with possible sensory deficits and/or patients in a (sub)conscious state. Increased awareness of possible allergic (contact dermatitis) reactions should increase the safety of this method.

 
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