Treating Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash connected problems (HEAP) is a common problem treated in physiotherapy method, specifically secretive method, with around 300,000 new situations per year (CSP, 2005). It is typically because of a velocity deceleration system usual in road traffic crashes or in certain sports, causing the frameworks around the back to come to be overstretched.

CSP have created standards into the most effective treatment approaches to utilise in our method. Making use of kinesio insulation was not mentioned in the treatment of WAD. Nevertheless, in one of the most recent years, there has actually been enhancing evidence of kinesio taping as an efficient treatment technique for a variety of problems and pathologies to lower discomfort as well as special needs. The use of kinesio insulation in physiotherapy practice has therefore increased in popularity just recently.

So, as whiplash linked conditions are categorized as a soft cells injury, will kinesio taping have a similar effect on lowering discomfort as well as impairment?

Gonzalez-Iglesias et alia (2009) investigated the short term effects of cervical kinesio taping on pain as well as cervical range of activity in people with acute whiplash injury. They anticipated that because of previous evidence suggesting the favorable short term results of taping on other musculoskeletal conditions e.g. shoulder discomfort, taping ought to have a positive result on HEAP additionally.

The research included 41 clients who had actually suffered a HEAP II (Quebec Category) and linked signs and symptoms within 40 days of their injury. They assessed NPRS scores and cervical series of activity without pain in all activities as well as designated participants randomly to either obtaining taping (with stretch) or a placebo taping application (without stretch), as visualized below:

Outcomes suggested ‘that patients who got Kinesio Insulation showed statistically significant higher enhancements in neck discomfort and also cervical series of activity both immediately later on and also at a 24 hour follow up compared to the placebo team

Why did this occur?

Stress applied supplies neural responses and decreasing the irritability of soft cells and enabling increased movement.
Discomfort gate concept helping with inhibitory pain devices when tape is used.
Tape providing sensory comments reducing fear of movement that individual display following WAD
Holds ideal position by sustaining the action of the cervical paraspinals
Enhanced blood circulation promoting blood circulation and boosted recovery


Good sustaining evidence of taping in other research
Great methodology– random allocation, dual blinded, example size
Indicators for future technique


Although statistically significant the changes were actually extremely small as well as did not pass the very little medically vital difference for discomfort degrees (2 factors on NPRS) or variety of movement consequently the professional performance ought to be examined.
Did not examine longer term effects of taping
Does not have a real control team (with no tape) consequently we can not conclude if outcomes were just due to passage of time rather than the performance of tape.

For that reason, future research study is required to additionally examine these findings to get a much better understanding of the impact of taping on WAD. For instance, it might be of advantage to examine taping over a longer amount of time e.g. longer than 24 hr or consider taping combined with as well as contrasted to other therapy techniques.

This study does give physiotherapists an additional treatment method to take into consideration in terms of the management of whiplash associated disorders in the intense stages, and also more significantly lowers discomfort for our clients.