PNF and Movement 2019; 17(3): 431-439
Effects of Motion Taping on Muscle Tone, Muscle Stiffness, and Pain in Middle-Aged Women with Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Young-Hun Lee, M.S.⋅Jae-Bum Lee, Ph.D1†
Department of Naturopathy, Dongbang Culture University
1Department of Health Science Industry, Graduated School of Industry, Myongji University
Correspondence to: Jae-Bum Lee (
Received: September 9, 2019; Revised: October 22, 2019; Accepted: October 28, 2019; Published online: December 31, 2019.
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Purpose: This study investigated the effects of motion taping on muscle stiffness, muscle tone, and pain in middle-aged women with shoulder impingement syndrome.
Methods: The participants comprised 30 middle-aged women with shoulder impingement syndrome. This study measured muscle stiffness, muscle tone, and pain. In the experimental group, the tape was attached after physical therapy; the control group only received physical therapy. In the intervention period, the treatment program was conducted three times a week for a total of four weeks, and the values before and after the intervention were compared and analyzed. For statistical processing, a correspondence test was performed before and after the intervention at a significance level of 0.05, and the comparison between the groups, before and after the intervention, was made using an independent test.
Results: In the experimental group, there was a difference in muscle stiffness, muscle tone, and intensity of pain. In addition, there was a significant difference between the control group’s emotional domain regarding muscular stiffness and pain and the experimental group. However, there was no significant difference in muscle tone and grade of pain, and intensity of pain for the control group.
Conclusion: This study showed that, when physical therapy and motion taping were administered to middle-aged women with shoulder impingement syndrome, it had a more positive affect on the sensory and emotional parts of the muscle tone and pain compared to physical therapy alone.
Keywords: Impingement syndrome, Middle aged women, Motion taping, Muscle stiffness, Muscle tone, Pain

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