Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 6; Issue 3 (June 2018)

Page No.: 2777-2782

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2018.146


Divya Kawediya 1, Ketki Thosar 2, Prajakta Sahasrabudhe 3, Nilima Bedekar 4.

*1 Postgraduate student, Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

2 DPT Student, Touro College and University, New York City, United States.

3 Assistant Professor, Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

4 Professor and Head of Musculoskeletal Department, Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India.

Address for Correspondence: Dr. Divya Kawediya, Postgraduate student, Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India. E-Mail: diya.0512@gmail.com


Background: Rotator cuff being an important shoulder stabilizer and mobilizer, rotator cuff pathologies and sub-acromial impingement are among the most common shoulder disorders. Studies showed that there is early contraction of upper trapezius during abduction movement leading to trapezius muscle imbalance in rotator cuff disorders, resulting in altered scapula-humeral rhythm. Kinesiology taping (KT) techniques have several known benefits. Kase et al have proposed several benefits, depending on the amount of stretch applied to the tape during application viz. to provide a positional stimulus through the skin, to align fascia, to create more space by lifting fascia and soft tissue above area of pain or inflammation, to provide sensory stimulation to assist or limit motion, to assist in the removal of oedema.

Materials and Methods: Three groups were formed viz. group A, group B (facilitatory taping for lower trapezius and inhibitory taping for upper trapezius) and group C (inhibitory taping for upper trapezius). 45 individuals fulfilling the inclusion and exclusion criteria were selected and randomly allocated in three groups. In this single blinded study, the second author measured the lateral scapular slide test on day1 and day 4. The subjects were asked to perform similar and limited exercises.

Results: Data analysis was done using paired t-test for comparing the pre and post values of scapular dyskinesia within the group and one way ANOVA was used for comparing the difference between the groups. The results of this study suggested that, although improvement is seen in the groupC, it is significantly enhanced with the muscle inhibitory and facilitatory effect of kinesiology tape seen in group B(p value<.01).

Conclusion: Owing to the results and statistical analysis, the study concluded that both inhibitory and facilitatory technique of kinesiology tape application  have a significant effect in reducing scapular dyskinesia in patients with rotator cuff disorders. Thus KT can be used as an adjunct to the exercise program while treating scapular dyskinesia in patients with rotator cuff disorders.

KEY WORDS: Kinesiology Taping, Scapular Dyskinesia, Rotator Cuff Disorders, Trapezius.


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Cite this article: Divya Kawediya, Ketki Thosar, Prajakta Sahasrabudhe, Nilima Bedekar. EFFECT OF KINESIOLOGY TAPING ON DYSKINETIC SCAPULA IN INDIVIDUALS WITH ROTATOR CUFF DISORDERS. Int J Physiother Res 2018;6(3):2777-2782. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2018.146