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Type of Article : Original Research

Year: 2016 | Volume 4 | Issue 2 | Page No. 1379-1388

Date of Publication: 21-02-2016

DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2016.106


Eman A. Embaby * 1, Eman M.A. Abdalgwad 2.

*1 Lecturer at the department of Basic Science, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University.
2 Researcher (M.Sc candidate ) at the department of Physical Therapy for Musculoskeletal Disorders and its Surgery, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University.

Corresponding author: Dr. Eman Ahmed Embaby, Lecturer at the department of Basic Science, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University.


Background: Rigid and kinesio taping is commonly used in the rehabilitation and prevention of subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS). It is proposed to have positive effects on shoulder function and scapular kinematics. However, there is a paucity of literature regarding the effectiveness of rigid versus elastic taping on scapular upward rotation and forward head posture (FHP), which is commonly adopted in SIS.
Purpose: This study was designed to investigate the effect of taping with postural correction on the scapular kinematics and forward head angle (FHA) in patients with SIS when two different taping materials are used: rigid versus a kinesio tape application.  
Methods: Eleven female patients with SIS participated in this study. Their age, weight and height ranged from 30 to 60 years, 56 to 90 kg and 155 to 175 cm, respectively. The participants were randomly assigned to Group I (Kinesio tape (KT), n=6) and Group II (Rigid tape (RT), n=5). Thoracic and scapular taping with posture correction was applied to both groups. Scapular upward rotation at 0°, 60°, 90° and 120° and FHA were measured before and immediately after the taping.
Results: Both taping materials significantly increased the scapular upward rotation at 90° and 120° shoulder elevation. Additionally, there was a significant decrease in the FHA in the RT group.
Conclusion: Both tapings are effective in restoring scapular kinematics. The corrective effect of rigid taping on FHA is substantiated.
Key Words:  Subacromial Impingement Syndrome, Scapular Kinematics, Posture, Taping.


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Eman A. Embaby, Eman M.A. Abdalgwad. RIGID TAPE VERSUS KINESIO TAPE ON SCAPULAR ROTATION AND FORWARD HEAD ANGLE IN SUBACROMIAL IMPINGEMENT SYNDROME. Int J Physiother Res 2016;4(2):1379-1388. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2016.106




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