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IFC or TENS over Kinesio tape

I have a question regarding kinesio tape and electrotherapy. Can you use IFC or TENS (with sponges and carbon electrodes ) over wheere kinesio tape is applied?

Viktor Tulic

1 month ago

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Prof Tim Watson
Prof Tim Watson

Technicall, this is not contraindicated perse - but whether it is effective is a different question! The tape - whichever one you use - will provide additional resistance (impedance) to the passage of the current into the tissues - and so will reduce - to an unknown extent - how much of the current the patient is receiving. If the tape is wet, this will reduce the problem - but even with wetted tape, there will be an increased resistance and thus a reduction in current efficacy. I have never tried measuring how the tape affects the current - so can't give you any exact numbers. Someone else might have done so - in which case it would be great to hear - but never seen anything published on it. At the end of the day, not contraindicated, but certainly will reduce efficacy of the stimulation - to the point where (???) it might be completely ineffective. Any help? Tim

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