The effects of new taping methods designed to increase muscle strength
By Journal of Physical Therapy Science | 30 January 2017
Sample Size:16


Although there are several studies on the use of elastic tape to influence muscle strength, results are contradictory and controversial. Our previous studies based on the sliding mechanism between superficial fascia and subcutaneous tissue may help the muscle strength. The purpose of this study was to confirm the effects of new taping methods on muscle strength.

Subjects and Methods

Sixteen healthy male participants took part in this study. Tape was applied on the right gluteus maximus and hip extension strength was determined by an isokinetic evaluation (30/sec, concentric mode, four conditions). Condition 1: Tape was applied from the muscle insertion to origin; Condition 2: Tape was applied from the origin to insertion; Condition 3: Dummy tape with no direction; Condition 4: No tape was applied.


The mean value of conditions 1-4 were 398.2 24.3 Newton (N), 343.7 25.9 N, 363.7 26.4 N, and 371.3 26.3 N, respectively (mean SE). The result of condition 1 was significantly greater compared with the other conditions.


This new method corresponded to a tape direction of insertion-rigin may help to increase the muscle strength.

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