Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 6 (December 2017)

Page No.: 2521-2526

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2017.233


Sanika A.Sawant 1, Manali S. Desai 2, Ajay Kumar *3.

1 Graduate, Musculoskeletal Department, DPO’S NETT COLLEGE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY, Thane west, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, Maharashtra, India.

2 Assistant Professor, Musculoskeletal Department, DPO’S NETT COLLEGE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY, Thane west, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, Maharashtra, India.

*3 Principal, DPO’S NETT COLLEGE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY, Thane west, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik, Maharashtra, India.

Address for correspondence: Dr. Ajay Kumar, Principal, DPO’s Nett College of Physiotherapy, Thane, Maharashtra, India.  E-Mail: sanu.sawant@gmail.com,  desaimanali1210@gmail.com


Background: For maintaining normal posture of cervical spine, deep cervical flexor muscle endurance is essentially required. Therefore, if muscle recruitment is impaired the balance between the stabilizers on the front and the back of the neck will be disrupted. This will cause loss of proper alignment of spinal segments and forward headed posture. It has been studied that Modified sphygmomanometer just like pressure biofeedback can be used as a assessment tool for measuring cervical core endurance. Kinesio –Taping (KT) has been developed as an adjunct to the treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunction and has improved over time to provide therapeutic effects which do not hinder the functionality of body segments. But, rather help in correcting or maintaining the alignment of body segments. There is lot of evidences available on immediate effect of kinesiotape but very few studies done on long term effectiveness.

Materials and Method: 50 healthy asymptomatic young individuals within the age group of 18 -30 years having forward head posture were taken using random sampling. Cervical core muscle endurance was assessed by calculating activation score (mm Hg) using modified sphygmomanometer before and immediately after appllication of kinesiotape and the mean was recorded. On the 3rd day the tape was removed and subject was reassessed for cervical muscle endurance and mean was recorded again. Repeated measure analysis was done for next 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours and 96 hours. The data recorded was used for statistical anlaysis.

Results: There was significant statistical difference in the activation score pre and post application of kinesiotape using wilcoxon Signed Rank Test (p <0.05). Thereafter, to analyse the long term effect of kinesiotape after its removal on 3rd day (0 hours) onwards till  next consecutive 4 days Bonferroni method for repeated measure analysis was used. It was found that there was no significant statistical difference between repeated measure analysis between 0-24 hours, 0-48 hours, 24-48 hours, 48-72hours, 72-96hours,  48-96hours (p> 0.05), but there is a significant reduction between 0-72hours (3rd -6th day), 0-96 hours (3rd -7th day), 24-96 hours (4th – 7th day) (p <0.05).

Conclusion: Thus our study to determine the immediate and long term effect of kinesiotaping  on cervical core in forward head posture :one week follow up study concluded that there was no significant difference in the activation score (mm Hg) after the removal of kinesio tape post 24 hours, 48 hours and 72 hours but there was a significant reduction seen in activation score after 72 hours for next two consecutive days.

Key words: Activation Score, Long Term Effect , Cervical Core Muscle Endurance, Modified Sphygmomanometer, Kinesiotape.


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Cite this article: Sanika A.Sawant, Manali S. Desai, Ajay Kumar. IMMEDIATE AND LONG TERM EFFECT OF KINESIOTAPING ON CERVICAL CORE IN FORWARD HEAD POSTURE: ONE WEEK FOLLOW UP STUDY. Int J Physiother Res 2017;5(6):2521-2526. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2017.233