Monday, September 15, 2014

Kinesio Taping and Cerebral Palsy

Kinesio Taping and Unilateral Cerebral Palsy -

Developmental Neurology and Child Development published research on the
effects of Kinesio Taping (KT) on the body functions and activity of children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (CP). The participants included 30 children with unilateral spastic CP randomly assigned to a KT experimental group or a control group. Evaluations were conducted using the Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM), the Bruininks–Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOTMP), the Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM), short-term muscle power, agility and functional muscle strength tests.

Significant differences between the KT group and the control group were found in:

1. Muscle power sprint
2. Lateral step up test right
3. Sit to stand
4. Attain stand through half kneel right
5. BOTMP gross scores
6. WeeFim total scores
7. WeeFim self care scores

The researchers concluded that "Kinesio Taping is a promising additional approach to increase proprioceptive feedback and improve physical fitness, gross motor function, and activities of daily living in children with CP".

Reference: Ozgun Kaya Kara, Songul Atasavun Uysal, Duygu Turker, Sedef Karayazgan, Mintaze Kerem Gunel and Gul Baltaci.  The effects of Kinesio Taping on body functions and activity in unilateral spastic cerebral palsy: a single-blind randomized controlled trial.  Developmental Neurology and Child Development. Article first published online: 12 SEP 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.12583


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