Vol. 6, Issue 2 (2019)
Effectiveness of Kinesiological taping and PNF stretching in students with forward shoulder posture
Author(s): Madhura Bandekar, Dr. Keerthi Rao
Abstract: Background: According to several studies conducted, 58% of the students experience the protracted shoulder posture and about 47.6% of students have forward head along with protracted shoulder posture. The continuous long periods of sitting, studying, frequent use of smartphones and laptops and poor physical activity the students are more prone to adapt such posture. This results in pain and postural malalignment. Kinesiological taping is one of the frequently used technique. It has been effective in improving muscular imbalance and for mechanical correction. PNF stretching acts by reciprocal inhibition mechanism. PNF stretching causes isometric contraction of a muscle stretched thus creating a reduction in muscle tension. Objective: This study aims to find out the effect of Kinesio Tape and PNF stretching in students with forward shoulder posture on carpenter try square scale. Methodology: Thirty participants were selected by convenient sampling. This group received Kinesio Taping and PNF stretching technique. This was a three days intervention. Outcome Measures: Carpenter try square scale. Results: Study suggests that Carpenter try square scale Mean and Standard deviation value pre-intervention was 12.51±1.21 and post intervention was 11.37±1.13 (p<0.0001). Conclusion: Study concluded that Kinesio Taping technique and PNF stretching technique significantly improves the try square scale measurements in patients with protracted shoulders(p<0.0001).