Effect of Kinesiologic Taping of Feet and Ankles on Static and Dynamic Balance in Children with Cerebral Palsy

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Fatma Duman

Abstract

Balance problems in individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) restrict their motor skills for fulfilling daily life activities and acting independently in society. This study investigates the effect of kinesiology taping (KT) on the feet and ankles for static and dynamic balance. Forty individuals with CP with an average age of 10.85 ± 3.893 were included. Records of demographic information and anamnesis of individuals were made. Gross motor function classification system, gross motor function measure and Berg balance scale (BBS) were used for evaluation. Static and dynamic balances of the individuals were measured with Techno Body Postural Line device at pre-treatment and post-treatment of KT. Following KT, falling risks of the individuals were observed to decrease significantly based on the BBS scores. We consider that usage of KT in treatment programmes along with other physical therapy methods will play an important role in improvement of balance and functional capacity.

Keywords: Cerebral palsy, kinesio tape, dynamic balance, static balance.

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