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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.12 No.3 pp.2439-2445

Dysphagia Rehabilitation Using Kinesiology Taping: A Systematic Review and Design Considerations for Future Studies

Jongbae Choi,Dooho Lee,Jisu Park,Nakyoung Hwang
Department of Occupational Therapy, Sangji University;Department of Occupational Therapy, Choonhae College of Health Sciences;Advanced Human Resource Development Project Group for Health Care in Aging Friendly Industry, Dongseo University;Department of Occupational Therapy, Seoul North Municipal Hospital


Background: Kinesiology taping (KT)’s therapeutic effect on dysphagia is insufficient, and method of KT application is not yet clear.
Objectives: To review the considerations for the clinical application of KT for dysphagia rehabilitation.
Design: A systematic review.
Methods: The present study involved a systematic search of electronic databases (Medline, Embase, CINAHL, and Web of Science) to identify relevant studies published on the use of KT for dysphagia rehabilitation between 2010 and 2020.
Results: Four articles (on child dysphagia, adult dysphagia, and healthy adult) were selected. It was found that when KT was applied with 15% tension to the orbicularis oris, mylohyoid, sternohyoid, and masseter muscles in children with dysphagia, lip closure and sucking function were improved. In addition, when KT with 80% tension was applied below the hyolaryngeal complex in healthy adults, significant activation of the suprahyoid muscle was reported. Application of KT with 50% tension to the digastric posterior bellies and the mylohyoid, geniohyoid, sternocleidomastoid, and upper trapezius muscles in adults with dysphagia showed an immediate improvement in vertical excursion and epiglottis rotation of the hyoid bone. Finally, application of KT with 70% tension to the hyolaryngeal complex in adults with dysphagia showed increased thickness of the suprahyoid and the tongue muscles.
Conclusion: The present review indicates that KT has significant potential as a therapeutic exercise method for patients with dysphagia in the future. However, the application of KT in such patients should take into account the shape, design, and degree of tension of the tape and the patient's capability and swallowing function.




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