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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-31

Effect of kinesio taping therapy combined with breathing exercises on childbirth duration and labor pain: a randomized controlled trial


1 Department of Physical Therapy for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt

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Ghada E El-Refaye
Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University 7 Ahmed Elzaiat St. Ben Elsaryat, EI Dokki-Giza, Postal Code: 12612
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1110-6611.188026

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Background Labor pain is a common complaint. The method used to reduce maternal discomfort should be efficacious and safe for the mother and the child. Several alternative methods have been reported to reduce childbirth pain. Objective This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of kinesio taping combined with breathing exercises on childbirth duration and labor pain. Participants and methods This study was conducted on 40 normal full-term primigravida women during the first stage of labor with regular painful, palpable uterine contraction, and cervical dilatation between 3 and 5 cm. They were randomly assigned into two equal groups, group A and group B. Group A (the study group) consisted of 20 women, and group B (the control group) consisted of 20 women. All participants in both groups A and B performed breathing exercises in addition to conventional medical treatment. However, group A patients received kinesio taping at the lumbar region and anterior lower abdomen during the first stage of normal labor. Assessment of all participants in both groups A and B was carried out before and after the treatment program using visual analogue scale (VAS), cardiotocography, and by measuring the duration of the first stage of labor using a stopwatch. Results There was a nonsignificant difference between group A and group B in pain intensity using VAS in the first stage of labor at the first reading (cervical dilatation: 3–4 cm). However, there was a highly significant difference between group A and group B in the pain intensity using VAS in the first stage of labor at the second reading (cervical dilatation: 7–8 cm), favoring group A. Furthermore, there was a highly significant difference between group A and group B in the duration of the first stage of labor, favoring group A. Conclusion These results suggest that kinesio taping combined with breathing exercise is an effective method in reducing labor pain and shortening the duration of the first stage of labor.


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