It looks pretty, right? Athletes use it all the time so it must have merit, right?
What I find interesting is what is missing in the study. There is no mention of pain. Okay, maybe these individuals had poor posture and did not have pain at baseline. There is no mention of how the Neck Disability Index changed. Okay, maybe these individuals had no functional deficits.
Nice to know exercise can change horizontal forward displacement and improve active sidebending motion. I'm left with one question: how is this clinically relevant for the patient sitting in front of me who has neck pain?
Here's a quick view of the abstract.
Little is known about the effects of Kinesio taping and therapeutic exercise on correcting forward head posture.
To compare Kinesio taping versus therapeutic exercise for forward head posture on static posture, dynamic mobility and functional outcomes.
Sixty subjects (31 women, 29 men) with forward head postures participated in this study. They were randomly assigned to either one of the three groups: (1) exercise group (n = 20), (2) taping group (n = 20), and (3) control groups (n = 20). The horizontal forward displacement (HFD) between ear lobe and acromion process, upper cervical and lower cervical angle (UCA, LCA), active range of motion (AROM) of cervical spine, and neck disability index (NDI) were measured before and after a 5-week intervention, and a 2-week follow-up. Data were analyzed by means of a mixed design repeated-measures ANOVA.
Both taping and exercise groups showed significant improvements in HFD compared with the control group at post-treatment and follow-up. Compared with the control group, the exercise group exhibited significant improvements in the LCA and the side bending AROM at post-treatment.
Both Kinesio taping and therapeutic exercise improve forward head posture after intervention and a 2-week follow-up. The effectiveness of therapeutic exercise is better than taping.
J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2017 Mar 3. doi: 10.3233/BMR-150346. [Epub ahead of print]