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Accumulative effect of ankle kinesio taping on postural control in children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy

Abstract

Background and purpose

Postural control deficit is one of the primary causes of impairments in hemiparetic cerebral palsy, and ankle strategy is one of the muscle synergies to control posture. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accumulative effect of ankle taping on postural control in children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy.

Patients and methods

A total of 30 children participated in this study, with a mean age of 6.2 ± 0.79 years, mean weight of 25.06 ± 4.43 kg, mean height of 120.6 ± 12.33 cm, and with a degree of spasticity of 1 and 1+ according to the Modified Ashworth Scale. They were divided randomly into two groups: group A and group B. Kinesio taping was applied to the involved ankle joint for children in group B for successive 5 days/week. Rehabilitation exercises were prescribed for children in both groups three times per week for successive 12 weeks. The Biodex system was used to measure dynamic stability indexes. The measurements were carried out before and after the treatment program.

Results

The post-treatment results revealed a significant decrease in stability indexes in group B after 6 weeks of treatment and a significant decrease in stability indexes between the two groups before and after 12 weeks of treatment program (P < 0.001).

Conclusion

Ankle taping has an accumulative effect on postural control and it can improve postural control in conjunction with physical rehabilitation for children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy.

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Hussein, Z.A., El-Meniawy, G.H. Accumulative effect of ankle kinesio taping on postural control in children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy. Bull Fac Phys Ther 20, 154–160 (2015). https://doi.org/10.4103/1110-6611.174696

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  • cerebral palsy
  • hemiparesis
  • kinesio taping
  • postural control