The effect of rigid taping with tension on mechanical displacement of the skin and change in pain perception

Shu Mei Chen, Sing Kai Lo, Jill Cook*

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Objectives: To investigate the effect of rigid taping that induces mechanical displacement of the skin on pain perception. Design: Single group experiment design with repeated measures. Methods: Twenty-three active healthy volunteers (12 men and 11 women) participated in the study. All participants received three different taping procedures: no tape, taping with tension, and taping without tension. The order of three taping conditions was randomised. Skin displacement was measured during taping with tension. A pressure algometer was used to measure the level of pain perception once before taping, and again after each taping condition, in one testing session. The participants were blind to the values of their pressure pain threshold (PPT) during the experimental period. Results: The mean ± SD skin displacement in the condition of taping with tension was 2.58 ± 0.49 cm. There were significant differences in PPT between taping with tension and taping without tension (mean difference (mean diff) ± standard error (SE) 36.43 ± 4.22 kPa, p = 0.000) and no tape (mean diff ± SE 44.31 ± 3.13 kPa, p = 0.000). No significant difference in PPT between no tape and taping without tension was found (mean diff ± SE 7.88 ± 2.83 kPa, p = 0.067). Conclusions: Taping with tension increases the threshold of pressure pain perception. Therefore, stretch and compression caused by rigid taping with tension could disturb the nociceptive signal transmission and alter pain perception.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-346
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Issue number4
StatePublished - 04 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Algometer
  • Pressure pain threshold
  • Skin displacement
  • Taping


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