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. 2015 Sep;27(9):2857-60.
doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.2857. Epub 2015 Sep 30.

The Effect of Non-Elastic Taping on Balance and Gait Function in Patients With Stroke

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The Effect of Non-Elastic Taping on Balance and Gait Function in Patients With Stroke

Chan-Woo Nam et al. J Phys Ther Sci. .
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[Purpose] This study investigated the influence of exercise on balance ability and gait function in stroke patients after applying non-elastic tape, which can stabilize muscles and joints, to the lower extremities of the affected side. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects were 30 patients diagnosed with stroke. They were divided into an experimental group (n = 15) and a control group (n = 15). The experimental group performed mat and treadmill exercises three times a week for six weeks with non-elastic tape applied to the lower extremities of the affected side. The control group performed the same exercises but without taping. [Results] The intervention significantly improved Berg balance scale scores and timed up and go (TUG) test scores as well as reduced stance duration and stride duration in the experimental group. In the control group, statistically significant improvements were observed in TUG test scores. [Conclusion] Although some differences did not reach the level of statistical significance, the application of non-elastic tape stabilized the joints of the lower extremities, thereby increasing balance and reducing stance duration and one step duration, which resulted in a reduction of overall gait duration.

Keywords: Balance; Non-elastic taping; Stroke.

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