Considering Kinesio® Tape for the Treatment of Forward Shoulder Posture
By OAHPERD Journal | 01 January 2017



Abstract

The purpose of this research was to evaluate the effects of three Kinesio® Tape applications to correct Forward Shoulder Posture (FSP), a common postural alteration. A randomized pre-/post-test study included thirty, (f= 15, m= 15) recreationally active individuals or current competitive athletes (age: 23.5 +5.036) diagnosed with FSP. Musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound was used as the objective tool to quantify FSP: measurement from the anterior humerus to coracoid process. Based on randomized group assignment, participants were taped following Kinesio® Tape guidelines (5 males and 5 females per group): (1) inhibition of the pectoralis minor; (2) facilitation of the lower trapezius; and (3) combination of both techniques resulting in the inhibition of the pectoralis minor and facilitation of the lower trapezius. Participants wore the respective taping technique for 24 hours and were re-measured after the tape had been removed, each participant serving as his/her control. Neither the interaction nor the overall effect between each taping technique was statistically significant (p>.05). Participants who met the inclusion criteria of FSP did not have a statistically significant effect after wearing the respective Kinesio® Tape application. Therefore, the results of this research do not support Kinesio® Tape as a mechanism for treating Forward Shoulder Posture.

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