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Kinesiotape in Vocalists

Pain in Vocalists


Pain is common in vocalists and occur from the larynx up. The most common sites of pain in vocalists are the throat and neck.

Jornal da Sociedade Brasileira de Fonoaudiologia On-line version ISSN 2179-6491 J. Soc. Bras. Fonoaudiol. vol.24 no.4 São Paulo  2012

What can kinesiotape do?

There is mounting evidence of for the use of kinesiotaping in the medical literature. When compared to minimal intervention, Kinesio taping provided superior pain relief and comparable relief compared with other modalities.


When used as a tool in a comprehensive treatment approach to facilitate recovery, improve patient participation in self-care, and prevent future injuries. Kinesio taping has been shown to decrease pain, control edema, improve proprioceptive awareness, prevent injury during fatigue, increase pain free range of motion, facilitate current muscle activation, and inhibit pathologic compensatory muscle activation.

▪Lim EC and Tay MG. KT in MSK pain and disability systematic analysis w/ meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med. 2015 Dec;49(24):1558-66

▪Clinical effects of KT: a systematic review. PhysiotherTheory Pract. 2013 May;29(4):259-70.

▪RawewnL et al. Scoping review of use of KT for neck or UE conditions. §J Hand Ther. 2014 Jul-Sep;27(3):235-45


How should kinesiotape be used?

Taping should be used as part of a comprehensive clinical context. As part of a comprehensive treatment plan,


kinesiotape can be used to stabilize a joint like in positioning a knee from going to end range of motion. Other tools that can be used to stabilize body areas are braces. 

Kinestiotape can be used to enhance motor control to help the body relearn correct movement patterns. Another tools that can be used to assist in motor control is DNS also knowns neurodevelopment patterning.


Kinesiotape may also be used to help musicians or athletes relearn complex patterns or sports specific movements. For instance, we may use kinesiotape to cue a violinist not to internally rotate the arm as much during play. We may use tape to help a soccer player maintain neutral spine and use more hip during a soccer kick.  


Lastly, in a comprehensive treatment approach, we may use kinesiotape to help prevent injury during fatigue. All athletes, musicians, performers become fatigued during high performance. Kinesiotape can be used during games, competitions, performance to help maintain posture and to avoid straining/stiffening up in the upper body.


How can you get more answers?

There is no right or wrong way to use kinesiotape. Skilled kinesiotaping requires intimate knowledge of fascia and human movement. Dr. Wang can work with you to figure things out. Dr. Wang will help you work with your fascia and use motor control exercises to retrain proprioception. Dr. Wang uses kinesiotape as part of comprehensive treatment plan.