Dr Hans-Michael Klein, MD, phD delivered an important and significant lecture on Kinesio Taping at the 2012 KTA International Research Symposium in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Dr Klein is an Associate Professor at the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Düsseldorf Medical School, Germany.
He specializes in general, vascular and cardiothoracic surgery and is also especially interested in different approaches of myocardial regeneration and revascularization.
Dr Klein’s lecture was entitled ‘Pain Management after Thoracic Surgery using Kinesio Taping.
Thoracotomy is a very common surgery procedures that involves an incision into the pleural space of the chest. It is performed by surgeons to gain access to the thoracic organs, most commonly the heart, the lungs, the oesophagus or thoracic aorta, or for access to the anterior spine as is necessary for access to tumours in the spine.
Dr Klein explained that of all the surgical procedures, thoracotomy, along with limb amputation, elicits the highest risk of post operative pain. Dispite surgons using new procedure methods such as Key hole surgery, research has shown that perceived pain remains the same. To address this, a “multimodal analgesia” approach is necessary to relieve this.
After a full explanation of how Kinesio Taping has been used to help his patients, Dr Klein concluded: “Kinesio Taping is a useful method to support invasive and systematic analgesic” and that “Kinesio Taping can be applied even in patients with anti coagulation therapy.”
As a result of Dr Klein’s work, clinical trials on Kinesio Taping are now to be carried out in Germany.
Managing Director of Kinesio UK, Kevin Anderson said: “This was a highly significant lecture and clearly indicated the benefits of using Kinesio Taping in post operative care. We already have had several positive studies by hospitals who use Kinesio Taping post surgery. This includes St Thomas's Hospital here in the UK who have been using Kinesio Taping to reduce scars. However, the news of a randomised controlled trails is exciting as this will be a major step forwards in seeing Kinesio Taping being used routinely in conventional hospital settings. We very look forwards eagerly to the results of the clinical trials.”