Paper Information

Journal:   SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE   SPRING 2016 , Volume 5 , Number 1 ; Page(s) 235 To 243.
 
Paper: 

EFFECTS OF KINESIO TAPING TECHNIQUE IN CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY: REVIEW

 
 
Author(s):  RASTI ZABIH ALLAH, KALANTARI MINOO*, SHAMSODDINI ALIREZA
 
* DEPARTMENT OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, SHAHID BEHESHTI MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background and Aim: Cerebral palsy is the most common movement disorder that is associated with life-long disability and movement impairment and leads to “disabilities” such as impairment, function limitation, and participation restrictions. Developing of the psychomotor disturbances results in the loss of ability to use the limbs, more weakness and paralysis, disability in performing activities of daily living, more dependence and ultimately, lowering quality of life. Therefore, because of developing of such disturbances, early rehabilitation is essential for patients with cerebral palsy. Kinesio taping technique is a relatively new technique applied in rehabilitation programs. The aim of the present review was a discussion about the effects of Kinesio taping techniques on improving motor skills in children with cerebral palsy Materials and Methods: Using the keywords Cerebral palsy, Taping, Kinesio tape, and Kinesio taping electronic databases including Scopus, Pubmed, ISI, and Google Scholar were searched. Finally, 14 articles, based on the inclusion criteria were selected, up to April 2015. The articles were then classified according to the type and site of Kinesio taping application on the body.
Results: Review of the literature demonstrated that Kinesio taping technique is more effective on gross and fine motor function and dynamic activities than postural and static activities. Also, it was found that this technique has more effect on the children in higher developmental and motor stages (1st and 2nd levels of Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS)).
Conclusion: It is concluded that Kinesio taping technique, as an adjunctive treatment and in combination with other treatment techniques, can be effective in the neurological rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy to improve motor function and dynamic activities, especially in higher developmental and motor stages (1st and 2nd levels of GMFCS).

 
Keyword(s): CEREBRAL PALSY, KINESIO TAPING, FINE AND GROSS MOTOR, BALANCE, HAND FUNCTION
 
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