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Thongchote K, Sangchuchuenjit C, Vichaichotikul W, Choosaranon N, Kulsiri N, Lopansri P, et al . The Functional Correction of Forward Shoulder Posture with Kinesiotape Improves Chest Mobility and Inspiratory Muscle Strength: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Ann Appl Sport Sci 2023; 11 (2)
1- Division of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Srinakharinwirot University, Nakornnayok, 26120, Thailand ,
2- Division of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Srinakharinwirot University, Nakornnayok, 26120, Thailand
3- Department of Basic Medical Sciences, Factuality of Medicine, Siam University, Bangkok, 10160, Thailand
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Background. Kinesiotape (K-tape) application can attenuate postural malalignment. However, the effects of K-tape on the changes in the respiratory system in postural problems remain unclear.
Objectives. This study investigated the effects of 6-week functional correction with the K-tape on the forward shoulder posture (FSP) and respiratory function.
Methods. A randomized clinical trial was performed in the study. Thirty-one young female volunteers with FSP, aged 18 to 25, were randomly divided into control (n = 16) and intervention groups, the latter receiving two parts of 50% tension K-tape for each side of the shoulder for six weeks to decrease posture misalignment (n = 15). Then, the participants were subjected to an evaluation of the pectoral muscle length using a vernier caliper, chest expansion using a measuring tape, and respiratory muscle strength using a respiratory pressure meter. A two-way ANOVA was used to compare the differences within and between the two groups.
Results. After six weeks of intervention, the K-tape group showed significant improvement in shoulder alignment (p = 0.001) and an increase in pectoralis minor index (PMI) (p = 0.019) compared to baseline and those in the control group. The magnitude of the chest expansion meant higher mobility (p < 0.001) and maximal inspiratory pressure (MIP) (p = 0.026) in the K-tape group compared to baseline.
Conclusion. The 6-week postural K-taping can improve the PMI and attenuate the FSP, with the effects remaining for two weeks. Furthermore, correcting shoulder posture with the 50% tension K-tape can enhance the malaligned shoulder’s chest expansion and inspiratory muscle strength.
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• The K-tape can be applied to prevent and diminish postural malalignment in athletes and sedentary people.
• Functional correction using the K-tape for forward shoulder reduction can enhance sports performance, endurance capacity, and respiratory muscle strength among individuals.
• The activation of proprioception, blood circulation, and lymphatic movement can be the underlying mechanisms of the K-tape-improved poor posture problems in daily life and sporting events.

Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Kinesiology and Sport Injuries
Received: 2022/07/14 | Accepted: 2022/09/20

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