The effect of oblique abdominal muscle applications of kinesiology taping on the symmetry of pelvic movements
Asymmetrical pelvis position is believed to be a cause of such conditions as low back pain syndromes or scoliosis. The positioning and mobility of the pelvis depend mainly on the tension of the muscles in this area. This paper attempts to evaluate the effect of Kinesiology Taping (KT) application on the symmetry of work of the iliac bones.
Material and methods
The subjects were people aged between 18 and 65 years without pain syndromes, with asymmetric pelvis position. The subjects were divided into an investigational group (indications to apply KT to OAM) and a control group (no such indications). KT applications for the investigational group were chosen according to KT testing results, while in the control group KT was applied randomly. Assessments of pelvic bone movement were performed twice, before and just after KT application, using an ultrasound-based 3D motion analysis system (ZEBRIS CMS HS). Movements of the lumbar spine and iliac bones were assessed in flexion and extension with the patient in the standing position. Analysis of the results was concerned with the following parameters: symmetry of iliac bone movement and mobility of the lumbar spine before and after KT application.
Following KT application, the investigational group demonstrated a significant (p <0.05) improvement of iliac bone movement symmetry with regard to all parameters. The results were significantly better in the investigational group compared to the control group (p <0.05).
Oblique abdominal muscle applications of Kinesiology Taping, when used in accordance with the principles of Kinesiology Taping and based on KT tests, substantially improve the symmetry of pelvic movement.