EFFECT OF KINESIOTAPE SPRING ASSISSTED TECHINQUE FOR FOOT ON GAIT SPEED AND RHYTHMIC WEIGHT SHIFTS IN PATIENTS WITH STROKE
International Journal of Physiotherapy and Research
and Purpose: Stroke survivors are impaired by asymmetric posture, reduced voluntary control of movement, abnormal body balance, and deficit of weight transfer which affects their postural control and walking ability thereby increasing risk of fall.Ankle dorsiflexion plays an major role in balance and gait.The purpose of the study was to see the effect of spring assisted technique of Kinesiotaping on gait speed and rhythmic weight shift in stroke patients. The hypothesis was that it would act as
... hat it would act as a support as well as stimulate primary dorsiflexors Tibalis Anterior thereby improving gait speed and static balance. Methods and Methods: 10 subjects,both male and female with sub acute and chronic stroke were selected. Pre assessment was done by rhythmic weight shifts in which movement velocity and directional control of both right/left and front/back, gait speed was noted by 3 min walk test and laps counted. Kinesio tape was applied by spring assisted technique. After application immediately and after 3 days, rhythmic weight shift was checked on NeuroCom Balance Master and gait speed by 3 min walk was taken. Results: Paired t test analysis showed there was no significant changes seen in right and left movement velocity and directional control , significant changes observed in anterior and posterior movement velocity and extremely significant changes observed in gait speed immediately as well as 3 days post application if Kinesiotape. Conclusion: Spring assisted technique has a beneficial effect on gait speed and anterior/posterior movement velocity of rhythmic weight shifts. There was clinical improvement in anterior posterior weight shift directional control though not statistically significant.