PNF and Movement 2021; 19(2): 205-213
https://doi.org/10.21598/JKPNFA.2021.19.2.205
Immediate Effects of Figure-8 Shoulder Brace and Taping Intervention on Round Shoulder Posture, Thoracic Kyphosis, and Chest Expansion Mobility in Forward Head Posture Patients
Jae-Cheol Park, P.T., Ph.D.⋅Jin-Gyu Jeong, P.T., Ph.D.⋅Dong-Kyu Lee, P.T., Ph.D.
Department of Physical Therapy, Chunnam Techno University
Correspondence to: Dong-Kyu Lee (ldkpt@hanmail.net)
Received: June 15, 2021; Revised: July 27, 2021; Accepted: August 2, 2021; Published online: August 31, 2021.
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Abstract
Purpose: This study investigated the immediate effects of a figure-8 shoulder brace and taping intervention on round shoulder posture, thoracic kyphosis, and chest expansion mobility in forward head posture.
Methods: Thirty patients with forward head posture were assigned randomly to the figure-8 shoulder brace group (n = 15) or the taping intervention group (n = 15). Patients were assessed for forward head posture, shoulder posture, thoracic kyphosis, and chest expansion.
Results: The figure-8 shoulder brace and taping intervention groups showed a significant difference for forward head posture, shoulder posture, and thoracic kyphosis after the experiment (p < 0.05). There was no significant difference between the groups (p > 0.05).
Conclusion: These results suggest that a figure-8 shoulder brace and taping intervention has a positive effect on rounded shoulder posture, thoracic kyphosis, and chest expansion in patients with forward head posture.
Keywords: Figure-8, shoulder brace, Forward head posture, Round shoulder posture, Taping, Thoracic kyphosis


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