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Effects of Ankle Kinesio Taping on Postural Control in Stroke Patients

  • Zahra Rojhani-Shirazi
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    Address correspondence to Zahra Rojhani-Shirazi, PhD, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Abiverdi 1 St, Chamran Blvd, Shiraz 1733-71345, Iran.
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    Center of Human Motion Science Research, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
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  • Shiva Amirian
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    Center of Human Motion Science Research, Student Research Committee, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
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  • Narges Meftahi
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    Center of Human Motion Science Research, Student Research Committee, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
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      Background

      To investigate the effects of kinesio taping on postural control in stroke patients.

      Materials and methods

      Forty stroke patients aged 30 to 60 years were randomly divided into an experimental and a control group. In the experimental group, kinesio tape (KT) was applied directly on the skin over the affected ankle in the direction of dorsiflexion and eversion to correct the equinovarus deformity. The tape was kept on the ankle for 1 day. The results were measured with the forward reach test, lateral reach test, Berg Balance Scale (BBS), and timed up and go test. Center of pressure (COP) displacement and velocity were also measured while the patients stood on a force plate. All variables were measured on the first day immediately after taping and 24 hours later in the KT group, and on the first day and also 24 hours later in the control group.

      Results

      There was a statistically significant difference in BBS between the first day and 24 hours later in the KT group (P = .01). The forward reach test and mediolateral displacement of the COP differed significantly after taping in the experimental group compared to the control group (P = .04). Immediately after taping, BBS improved significantly in the KT group (P = .02).

      Conclusions

      The application of KT improved forward reach test results and displacement of the COP in stroke patients.

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