The Effects of Leg Spiral Kinesiology Tape Technique on Postural Sway in Clients with Multiple Sclerosis: A Quantitative Preliminary Study

Heather Dowell, Steven Ross

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Abstract

The Effects of Leg Spiral Kinesiology Tape Technique on Postural Sway in Clients with Multiple Sclerosis: A Quantitative preliminary Study Objectives: To understand the effectiveness of leg spiral kinesiology tape technique as a rehabilitation strategy for the treatment of postural sway and balance in patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Study Design: Experimental cross-over design was used to conduct the study with laboratory based data collection technique. Method/Protocol: A random sample of 6 participants with Multiple Sclerosis was assessed. Participants postural sway measurements were assessed twice using Wii Balance Board analysis without leg spiral kinesiology tape application and again twice with leg spiral kinesiology tape application. Key Results: A mean difference in Centre of Pressure (CoP) during quiet stance without spiral kinesiology tape application (29.2cm ± 13.07) and with application of spiral kinesiology tape (21.08cm ± 8.67) was calculated at -8.12cm (±11.71cm; 90% CI -18cm – 1.5cm). The application of kinesiology tape led to a likely small beneficial effect. Conclusion: It was concluded that the use of spiral kinesiology tape application can lead to a likely small improvement in postural sway in the acute instance.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Physical Therapy
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 18 Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Balance
  • Multiple Sclerosis

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