Faculty: Physical Therapy

Name of Researcher: Aliaa Mohamed Elabd

Journal Title: Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics

Research Title: Efficacy of Kinesio Taping and Postural Correction Exercises on Levator Scapula Electromyographic Activities in Mechanical Cervical Dysfunction: A Randomized Blinded Clinical Trial


English Summary:

This study was conducted to determine the effect of KT and PCE on levator scapula electromyography. Ninety one MND patients were randomly assigned into 1 of 3 groups that received 4 weeks treatment; group A: KT, group B: PCE, and group C: both interventions. Neck pain, levator scapula Root Mean Square (RMS) and Median Frequency (MDF) were measured pre and post treatment with Numerical Pain Rating Scale (NPRS) and surface electromyography respectively by an assessor blinded to the patients’ allocation. MANOVA indicates a statistically significant group-by-time interaction    (P = 0.000). Pain intensity was significantly reduced in group (C) more than in group (B)    (P = 0.001). Mean values of RMS was significantly reduced in group (C); when are compared to both (A) (P = 0.001) and B (P = 0.022), while MDF was significantly increased in group (C), when are compared to either group A (P = 0.00) or B (P = 0.026); and in group (B), when are compared to (A) (P = 0.26). Paired-t test revealed that there was a significant decrease in pain and RMS, and a significant increase in MDF in all groups (P < 0.01). For conclusion, application of both KT and PCE combined can significantly reduce neck pain and normalize levator scapula activities in MND patients more than the application of either intervention.

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Relevancy to SDGs:

The results of the study can be used by physical therapists and health professionals to improve the management of one of the most prevalent disorders; thus, it helps to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being (third goal of SDGs)