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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

9 months ago

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Prof Alison Hoens
Prof Alison Hoens

I agree with Dr Watson - the issue is about effectiveness. Electrical stimulation is reliant upon conduction and skin itself has high impedance (that is why we warm and wet the skin). The addition of other materials (such as kinesiotape - both the fabric and the adhesive) would theoretically provide greater resistance to the conduction of the current thus likely hampering it's effectiveness.

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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