Is KT Tape Worth it?
So, is KT tape the miracle cure we’ve all been waiting for? Probably not. But despite that, there are various research articles published within the last 10 years that demonstrates evidence that it can have a minimal effect on reducing pain and improving range of motion in injured athletes. Despite that, it can be argued that the benefits of KT tape can be put down to the placebo effect. The placebo effect is an incredible thing in healthcare and especially within Physical Therapy. For those that aren’t aware of the placebo effect: The placebo effect is an incredible phenomenon in a “fake” treatment can sometimes improve a patient’s condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful. I was incredibly sceptical of any taping procedures before actually using some KT tape on an ankle injury of mine. However, having both walked, ran and completed my rehab exercises with it on and without it, i’ve found that I at least perceive the tape providing more stability and I do have measurably less soreness. Lets look at the pro’s and cons.