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Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
SJR: 0.121 SNIP: 0.228 CiteScore™: 0.17

ISSN Druckformat: 0896-2960
ISSN Online: 2162-6553

Critical Reviews™ in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

DOI: 10.1615/CritRevPhysRehabilMed.2015012338
pages 43-52

Short-Term Effects of Kinesiotaping on Fine Motor Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy−A Quasi-Experimental Study

Saraswati B. Chitaria
Department of Physiotherapy, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India
Amitesh Narayan
Department of Physiotherapy, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal University, India
Sailakshmi Ganesan
Head of Therapy, Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Niraj Biswas
Department of Microbiology, Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society Medical College, Manipal University, Valsad, Gujarat, India

ABSTRAKT

Background: Deficient fine motor skills in children with cerebral palsy (CP) limit participation in daily activities. Objective: Evaluate short-term (3 days) effects of kinesiotaping on fine motor function (Peabody Developmental Motor Scale [PDMS-2]) and active wrist extension range of motion (ROM) in children with CP. Method: Kinesio Tex tape was applied on wrist extensors (lateral epicondyle of humerus to dorsal aspect of metacarpal head) for 3 days on 15 children with CP (male = 60%, n = 9; female = 40%, n = 6) aged 3 to 6 years. Pre and post-outcome measures for fine motor function (PDMS-2) and active wrist extension ROM were recorded. Results: Significant changes (p = 0.024) were found in PDMS-2 fine motor scale quotient scores (pre-tape application [60.92 ± 11.49]; third day pre-tape removal [71.84 ± 16.52] and post-tape removal [72.19 ± 16.22]). AROM of wrist extension changed from pre-tape application (51.90 ± 9.12) to third day pre-tape removal and post-tape removal (55.04 ± 9.60); however, these were not significant (p = 0.641). Conclusion: Kinesio Tex tape may improve fine motor skills in children with CP, and as an adjunct to treatment, may assist in achieving goal-oriented functional activities.