Effects of Ankle Kinesio Taping on Postural Control in Stroke Patients

Kinesio taping is a topical therapeutic management of a variety of disorders and dysfunction, stroke being one of many. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of kinesio taping on postural control in stroke patients. This was performed through 40 persons with stroke, aged between 30 and 60 who were randomly split into a control and experimental group. In the experimental group, kinesio tape (KT) was applied directly on the skin over the affected ankle in the direction of dorsiflexion and eversion to correct the equinovarus deformity for a total of one day. The results were measured with the forward reach test, lateral reach test, Berg Balance Scale (BBS), and timed up and go test. Center of pressure (COP) displacement and velocity were also measured while the patients stood on a force plate. All variables were measured on the first day immediately after taping and 24 hours later in the KT group, and on the first day and also 24 hours later in the control group.

There was a statistically significant difference in BBS between the first day and 24 hours later in the KT group (P = .01). The forward reach test and mediolateral displacement of the COP differed significantly after taping in the experimental group compared to the control group (P = .04). Immediately after taping, BBS improved significantly in the KT group (P = .02). The application of KT improved forward reach test results and displacement of the COP in stroke patients.