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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2017 May;27:46-51. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2017.03.002. Epub 2017 Mar 29.

Can kinesio tape be used as an ankle training method in the rehabilitation of the stroke patients?

Author information

1
Ministry of Health, Ankara Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey. Electronic address: fkoseoglu28@gmail.com.
2
Ministry of Health, Ankara Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the effects of the kinesio tape application to the tibialis anterior on rehabilitation outcomes of the stroke patients.

DESIGN AND SETTING:

Twenty patients with stroke were allocated into two groups: the first group of ten patients was assigned to receive kinesio tape in addition to the conventional rehabilitation program while a second group of 10 patients was assigned to receive a conventional rehabilitation program only.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The clinical variables and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) were evaluated at baseline and at the end of the forth week.

RESULTS:

The present study showed that kinesio tape application to the tibialis anterior has significant effects on motor recovery of the lower extremity, spasticity, ambulation capacity, HRQoL and gait compared to the control group and baseline.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results of this study suggest that kinesio tape can be used as an ankle training method.

KEYWORDS:

Kinesio tape; Rehabilitation outcomes; Stroke; Tibialis anterior

PMID:
28438279
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2017.03.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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