Removal of third molars (3M) is a routine procedure that is performed daily within dentistry affecting over 75,000 patients in the UK per year and up to 5 million in the United States. Research has demonstrated that common symptoms associated with 3M are namely pain, swelling, discomfort and morbidity being the most common symptoms. Currently, there are a number of approaches including advances in dentistry surgical tools, analgesics and hands on techniques which aim to reduce the post-operative morbidity, oedema and trismus, conversely with no significant difference.
Consequently, new approaches need to be considered to effectively reduce these post-operative symptoms. Kinesio Taping (KT) has become a prevalent therapeutic tool in musculo skeletal (MSK), neurological and lymphatic conditions. KT originated in the 1970’s by Kenso Kase. Subsequent scientific research states that KT can improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage by removing lymphatic fluid and haemorrhages however not all current evidence supports its use and thus far there have been no high quality studies to outline its physiological effects. It is therefore plausible that KT has the potential to reduce morbidity, trismus and oedema; of which this case study supports.