Introduction: Elastic taping is largely used by professionals for sports practitioners and common people. The aim of this study was to measure the effects on perceived pain and active cervical Range of Motion (ACROM) of a classical application of elastic taping (ET). Previous studies (SaavedraHernandez et al., 2012; Gong, 2015) investigated the effects of neuromuscular taping or manipulation on cervical function and pain but
the results are inconsistent.
Methods: Fifty subjects (33.9±4.8 yrs; 174.5±8.2 cm; 73.5±11.2 kg; 38M; 12F) for the study group (SG) and twenty subjects (32.6±3.9 yrs; 174.9±10.9 cm; 71.2±12.9 kg; 11M; 9F) for the control group (CG) were respectively recruited. Each group performed three ACROM measurements with an inertial sensor (Moover, Sensor Medica, Guidonia, RM, Italy) and declared three times the perceived pain on neck basing on a 010 VAS scale: at the baseline, after 20’ from ET application and after three days dressing the ET
application. Between the first and the second ACROM and VAS measurement an ET (Taping Elastico®, ATS, Arezzo, Italy) was applied on the superior trapezius and cervical zone of the SG subjects. The ET was dressed in for three days and it was removed 1 hour before the last evaluation. The measured parameters were: maximum and average left and right rotation and lateral inclination, maximum and average flexion and extension, subjective perception of neck pain on a 010 VAS scale. ANOVA analysis was used to find out significant differences between repeated measurements and the level of significance was setting at p<0.05.
The CG did not show any significant change in any measurement session both for ACROM and VAS parameters. The SG showed higher significant values for all the measured parameters in ACROM test and lower values fin VAS scale after three days respect to the baseline. Better values in ACROM and VAS parameters were measured also between the second and the last session of test. Finally, some significant differences were also found between baseline and after 20’ from the ET application just for ACROM parameters.