Assessment of a taping method combined with manual therapy as a treatment of non-specific chronic low back pain - a randomized controlled trial

BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2021 May 4;22(1):410. doi: 10.1186/s12891-021-04236-2.


Background: Chronic low back pain is the most frequent medical problem and the condition with the most years lived with disability in Western countries. The objective of this study was to assess a new treatment, Medi-Taping, which aims at reducing complaints by treating pelvic obliquity with a combination of manual treatment of trigger points and kinesio taping in a pragmatic RCT with pilot character.

Methods: One hundred ten patients were randomized at two study centers either to Medi-Taping or to a standard treatment consisting of patient education and physiotherapy as control. Treatment duration was 3 weeks. Measures were taken at baseline, end of treatment and at follow-up after 2 months. Main outcome criteria were low back pain measured with VAS, the Chronic Pain Grade Scale (CPGS) and the Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire (ODQ).

Results: Patients of both groups benefited from the treatment by medium to large effect sizes. All effects were pointing towards the intended direction. While Medi-Taping showed slightly better improvement rates, there were no significant differences for the primary endpoints between groups at the end of treatment (VAS: mean difference in change 0.38, 95-CI [- 0.45; 1.21] p = 0.10; ODQ 2.35 [- 0.77; 5.48] p = 0.14; CPGS - 0.19 [- 0.46; 0.08] p = 0.64) and at follow-up. Health-related quality of life was significantly higher (p = .004) in patients receiving Medi-Taping compared to controls.

Conclusions: Medi-Taping, a purported way of correcting pelvic obliquity and chronic tension resulting from it, is a treatment modality similar in effectiveness to complex physiotherapy and patient education.

Trial registration: This trial was registered retrospectively on July 24th, 2019 as Number DRKS00017051 in the German Register of Clinical Trials (Deutsches Register Klinischer Studien). URL of trial registry record: .

Keywords: Chronic low back pain; Leg length difference; Manual therapy; RCT; Taping.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Tape*
  • Chronic Pain* / diagnosis
  • Chronic Pain* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Low Back Pain* / diagnosis
  • Low Back Pain* / therapy
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations*
  • Quality of Life
  • Retrospective Studies