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

Stefano Vercelli, Claudio Colombo, Francesca Tolosa, Andrea Moriondo, Elisabetta Bravini, Giorgio Ferriero, Sartorio Francesco

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-161
JournalPhysical Therapy in Sport
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017


  • Bruise
  • Hematoma
  • Physical therapy
  • Tape

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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