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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-36

Comparison of two thoracic kinesio-taping techniques on pulmonary function, oxygen saturation, and exercise capacity in COPD patients: A randomized clinical trial

1 Department of Physiotherapy, Assam Down Town University, Assam, India
2 Department of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physiotherapy, KLE Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

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B R Ganesh
Department of Physiotherapy, Assam Down Town University, Guwahati, Assam
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijptr.ijptr_168_22

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Context: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), though a disease of the lung, the extrapulmonary manifestations contribute significantly to morbidity and mortality. Aim: This study aims to evaluate and compare the effects of two different thoracic kinesio taping techniques on pulmonary function, oxygen saturation, and exercise capacity in patients with COPD. Settings and Design: A randomized clinical trial was conducted across tertiary health-care hospitals in Belagavi, Karnataka. Subjects and Methods: A total of 42 participants aged 30–65 years (51.58 ± 10.21 years) participated in the study. All participants underwent baseline evaluations for pulmonary function, oxygen saturation, and exercise capacity, following which they were randomly allocated to one of the two intervention groups. Both groups, Group A (diaphragmatic taping) and Group B (intercostal muscle taping), were given intervention for 15 days, with the applied tape changed on every 3rd day. Postintervention evaluation was performed on the 15th day. Statistical Analysis: Mann–Whitney test was used for between-group comparison, and the Wilcoxon test was used for within-group comparison. Results: A significant improvement was noted in all parameters in Group A except forced expiratory volume in 6 s (FEV6) (P = 0.47) and FEV1/FEV6 (P = 0.301) ratio when compared with preintervention values. In Group B, all the parameters showed a significant improvement compared to preintervention values. The between-group comparison showed that only FEV1/FEV6 (P = 0.018) ratio showed a significant improvement. Conclusion: There is no significant difference between diaphragmatic taping and intercostal muscle taping technique. It was noted that both the techniques were equally effective in improving pulmonary function, oxygen saturation, and exercise capacity in COPD patients. Hence, thoracic kinesio taping, in addition to conventional physiotherapy treatment, can help in achieving better patient outcomes.

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