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Clin Ter. 2015;166(4):e257-63. doi: 10.7417/T.2015.1870.

Does neuromuscular taping influence hand kinesiology? A pilot study on Down's Syndrome.

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1
Electronic, Information and Bioengineering Dept., Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.
2
Electronic, Information and Bioengineering Dept., Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy - IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana, Tosinvest Sanità, Rome, Italy.
3
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division, Orthopaedic Department, Umberto I Hospital, Sapienza University, Rome, Italy.
4
NeuroMuscolar Taping Institute, Rome, Italy.
5
IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana, Tosinvest Sanità, Rome, Italy.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This paper is a first attempt analysis of hand and upper limb proprioception coordination induced by NeuroMuscular Taping (NMT): application in a group of 5 participants with Down syndrome.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The participants underwent a drawing test with motion capture system acquisition before and after NMT application. Specific and descriptive parameters were computed and analysed in order to quantify the differences.

RESULTS:

Results showed statistical differences between pre and post treatment sessions: the 5 participants with Down syndrome evidenced more reliance on proprioceptive signals in the post treatment session during the execution of the specific writing tasks.

CONCLUSIONS:

Based on the hypothesis that modifications in proprioception should alter motor pathway mapping of the motor cortex, Neuromuscular taping may play a role in the treatment of dysgraphia and improving hand coordination following CNS impairment, even though a small treatment group was chosen for this pilot study the results lead to further discussions concerning the role of different afferent signals in a pathological context.

KEYWORDS:

Down syndrome; Dysgraphia; Neuromuscolar taping; Proprioception; Writing skills

PMID:
26378759
DOI:
10.7417/T.2015.1870
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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