The effects of kinesio taping on the color intensity of superficial skin hematomas: A pilot study

Phys Ther Sport. 2017 Jan;23:156-161. doi: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2016.06.005. Epub 2016 Jun 20.


Objectives: To analyze the effects of kinesio taping (KT) -applied with three different strains that induced or not the formation of skin creases (called convolutions)- on color intensity of post-surgical superficial hematomas.

Design: Single-blind paired study.

Setting: Rehabilitation clinic.

Participants: A convenience sample of 13 inpatients with post-surgical superficial hematomas.

Interventions: The tape was applied for 24 consecutive hours. Three tails of KT were randomly applied with different degrees of strain: none (SN); light (SL); and full longitudinal stretch (SF). We expected to obtain correct formation of convolutions with SL, some convolutions with SN, and no convolutions with SF.

Main outcome measures: The change in color intensity of hematomas, measured by means of polar coordinates CIE L*a*b* using a validated and standardized digital images system.

Results: Applying KT to hematomas did not significantly change the color intensity in the central area under the tape (p > 0.05). There was a significant treatment effect (p < 0.05) under the edges of the tape, independently of the formation of convolutions (p > 0.05).

Conclusions: The changes observed along the edges of the tape could be related to the formation of a pressure gradient between the KT and the adjacent area, but were not dependent on the formation of skin convolutions.

Keywords: Bruise; Hematoma; Physical therapy; Tape.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Athletic Tape*
  • Color*
  • Female
  • Hematoma*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Postoperative Period
  • Pressure
  • Skin / blood supply*