UCL logo

UCL Discovery

UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Does tape facilitate or inhibit the lower fibres of trapezius?

Alexander, CM; Stynes, S; Thomas, A; Lewis, J; Harrison, PJ; (2003) Does tape facilitate or inhibit the lower fibres of trapezius? Manual Therapy , 8 (1) pp. 37-41. 10.1054/math.2002.0485.

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

The application of tape to the skin overlying the lower fibres of trapezius is generally thought to facilitate this muscle. However, this facilitation has not been thoroughly investigated. In this study, the effect of tape upon trapezius motoneurone pool excitability was assessed using the trapezius H reflex. The amplitude of the H reflex was measured across four conditions: before tape application, with Endura Fix tape, with the addition of Endura Sports tape and finally with the tape removed. Instead of the expected facilitation of lower trapezius, this tape inhibited lower trapezius activity. On average, the application of Endura Fix tape inhibited trapezius by 4%. The application of Endura Sports tape overlaying the Endura Fix tape inhibited trapezius on average by 22%. This inhibition did not last once the tape was removed. This suggests that any change in shoulder girdle symptoms or movement, which occurs with the application of this particular tape is not explicable on the basis of the facilitation of the lower fibres of trapezius. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Does tape facilitate or inhibit the lower fibres of trapezius?
DOI: 10.1054/math.2002.0485
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Cell and Developmental Biology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/185437
Downloads since deposit
0Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item