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Revista de la Universidad Industrial de Santander. Salud

versión impresa ISSN 0121-0807


VILLOTA-CHICAIZA, Ximena María  y  FERNANDEZ-NINO, Julián Alfredo. Effects of neuromuscular taping as an independent or complementary method to physiotherapeutic treatment in the management of cervical pain. Rev. Univ. Ind. Santander. Salud [online]. 2018, vol.50, n.3, pp.195-204. ISSN 0121-0807.


Neck pain is one of the most prevalent musculoskeletal pathologies. There is, however, no evidence of the effectiveness of neuromuscular taping versus physiotherapy, or of their combined therapy.


To analyze: the effects of taping compared with those of a physiotherapy program; and the additional benefits that could be obtained if these two therapies were combined in the management of neck pain.


A total of 60 patients diagnosed with cervical pain were selected and a quasi-experimental pre-post parallel, four-arm simple blind design was utilized: physiotherapy alone; taping alone; physiotherapy plus taping; and taping plus physiotherapy. The effects were estimated, using fixed effects models, for pain at rest, on palpation and in movement.


The greatest intra-individual change was found with physiotherapy (β=−1.81; CI95%: −2.69 to −0.93), followed by the physiotherapy plus taping (β=−1.57; CI95%: −2.32 to −0.83), then taping plus physiotherapy (β=−1.29; CI95%: −1.98 to −0.60). Taping alone, however, achieved only a marginally significant reduction (β=−0.50; CI95%: −1.11 to 0.10). Regarding palpation pain, a statistically significant reduction was only observed for physiotherapy (β=−0.84; CI95%: −1.56 to −0.11) and physiotherapy plus taping (β=−0.52; CI95%: −1.09 to 0.04). Finally, for movement pain, a statistically significant reduction for physiotherapy was observed (β=−1.28; CI95%: −2.02 to −0.55) and very similar reductions were observed for physiotherapy plus taping and taping plus physiotherapy.


According to the results of the present study, physiotherapy would be the most effective treatment for cervical pain.

Palabras clave : Neck pain; kinesiology; joints; motion; muscle strength; physical therapy modalities.

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