Effects of Kinesio Taping® on pulmonary function of individuals with COPD: A systematic review and meta-analysis

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      • Individuals with COPD have mechanical and functional changes in respiratory muscles.
      • Kinesio Taping® (KT) acts on skeletal muscles and is used in clinical practice.
      • KT is applied in the thoracic or diaphragmatic region in individuals with COPD.
      • KT does not improve pulmonary function of individuals with COPD.



      Currently, there is no consensus regarding indication and benefits of Kinesio Taping® on pulmonary function of individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


      To identify the effects of Kinesio Taping® on pulmonary function of individuals with COPD through a systematic review and meta-analysis.


      Systematic review including experimental or quasi-experimental studies in English, Portuguese, or Spanish. Searches were conducted on LILACS, Scielo, Medline, Web of Science, and Scopus databases. Two reviewers independently conducted study selection, data extraction, and analysis. Methodological quality was assessed using PEDro scale, while meta-analyses were conducted using RevMan software. This review was registered (PROSPERO CRD42020223752).


      Five studies were included. Forced expiratory volume in the first second (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), FEV1/FVC ratio, and peak expiratory flow were not different between Kinesio Taping® group and control group.


      Results suggest that Kinesio Taping® does not improve pulmonary function of individuals with COPD.



      COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), MD (mean difference), FEV1 (forced expiratory volume in the first second), FVC (forced vital capacity), GOLD (Global Initiative for Chronic Lung Disease), KT (Kinesio Taping®), PEF (peak expiratory flow)
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