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Disabil Rehabil. 2016;38(3):277-81. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1038365. Epub 2015 Apr 20.

Neuromuscular taping versus sham therapy on muscular strength and motor performance in multiple sclerosis patients.

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1
a Department of Biomedical , Biotechnological and Traslational Sciences and.
2
b Graduate School of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Parma , Parma , Italy.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Purpose of this study is to evaluate differences in leg muscles strength and motor performance between neuromuscular taping (NT) and sham tape groups.

METHOD:

Relapsing-remitting (RR) multiple sclerosis (MS) patients were recruited and randomly assigned to NT or sham tape groups. All patients underwent the treatment 5 times at 5-d intervals. They were submitted to a 6-minute walk test and isokinetic test (peak torque) at the beginning (T0), at the end (T1) and 2 months after the end of the treatment (T2).

RESULTS:

Forty MS patients (38 F; 2 M; mean age 45.5 ± 6.5 years) were assigned to NT group (n = 20) and to sham tape group (n = 20). Delta Peak Torque T1-T0 and T2-T0 between two groups were statistically significant in quadriceps (p = 0.007; 0.000) and hamstrings (p = 0.011; 0.007). The difference between the two groups according to 6-minute walk test was not statistically significant but in NT group it was noticed an increasing trend about the distance run.

CONCLUSIONS:

In this single-blind randomized controlled trial, NT seemed to increase strength in leg muscles, compared to a sham device, in RR MS patients. Further studies are needed to consider this therapy as a complement to classic physical therapy.

IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION:

Neuromuscular taping (NT) in multiple sclerosis: NT is well tolerated by multiple sclerosis patients and should be a complement to classic physical therapy. This technique normalizes muscular function, strengthens weakened muscles and assists the postural alignment.

KEYWORDS:

Motor performance; multiple sclerosis; muscle strength; neuromuscular taping

PMID:
25893397
DOI:
10.3109/09638288.2015.1038365
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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