Kinesio Taping works wonders for the young
By Kate Slater | 04 April 2012

Dr Snehal Ganesh Deshpande BSC (PT), PGDHHM, NDT SI is a director of Sneh Rehabilitation, Education and Research Centre and a visiting consultant at Dr L. H Hiranandani Hospital Powai.

She is a Mumbai based physiotherapist and published author, highly renowned for her work throughout India in paediatrics and in particular with children with Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. Dr Deshpande also hosts and delivers lectures, training programmes and workshops on a full spectrum of paediatric physiotherapy treatments. She is a fully qualified Kinesio Taping Practitioner and treats many of her child patients with the highly effective, brightly coloured therapeutic taping with great results.

Kinesio Tape was developed in Japan by Dr Kenzo Kase over 30 years ago. It is now recognised internationally as an innovative, non medicinal and highly effective treatment for a range of ailments, sports injuries, muscular and joint complaints, swelling and joint pain in all ages from babies to the elderly.

Vishal, aged 26 came to see Dr Deshpande in September 2009. Vishal has Spastic Diplegia a form of cerebral palsy where both the arms and legs have abnormal stiffness. Vishal however, was suffering so badly from this condition that he had a crouching gait and could barely place his feet on the ground. The muscles in his feet were also affected and his toes were very close together.

Dr Deshpande applied Kinesio Tape in four strips under Vishal?s feet and this improved his movement considerably. He was able to put his foot flat down on the ground within 4days also walk on even and uneven surfaces. He can now walk relatively well.

Another patient to benefit from Kinesio Tape was little Nilaya, who was only 9 months old when she first visited Dr Deshpande in May 2011 when she was just 4 days old. Nilaya had Brachial Plexus Palsy. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that conducts signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Brachial plexus injuries are caused by damage to those nerves. Symptoms may include a limp or paralyzed arm; lack of muscle control in the arm, hand, or wrist; and a lack of feeling or sensation in the arm or hand. In infants, brachial plexus injuries may happen during birth if the baby?s shoulder is stretched during passage in the birth canal. Nilaya had sustained this injury during birth. She was immediately started with SI and NDT therapy following an evaluation with Dr Deshpande.

Kinesio Taping is ideal for babies, as it is light and comfortable and doesn?t restrict movement. Nilaya had problems in her right shoulder and a complete paralysis of her thumb. Dr Deshpande treated her with Kinesio Taping on her shoulder and also on her thumb and She can now use her hand perfectly, pick up toys and grasp objects. Her motor milestones such as crawling and pulling up to stand are also being achieved.

Dr Deshpande used a strip of Kinesio cut into an inverted Y and placed it on to her shoulder thus inhibiting the over action of her trapezius muscle and framing her scapula to prevent winging. Kinesio tape was used in 4 strips on the dorsal aspect of her hand to improve opening of her fingers.

Preet is a 10 year old patient of Dr Deshpande who has spastic diplegia. In her short life she?s had many operations and hospital visits. Preet?s legs were internally rotated and she would go into a crouch therefore she had difficulty during walking. Dr Deshpande treated Preet with Kinesio Taping and used it to tape her legs in External rotation to correct the alignment of her legs, she also used small strips of kinesio tape to correct the malalignment of her great Toe of the foot to prevent its curling and so that she could walk better. Kinesio taping along with appropriate therapy has shown a drastic improvement in her alignment of her legs and her walking has improved.

Dr Deshpande said "Kinesiotaping is an important adjunct to the therapist to carry forward the effects of therapy at home. After a muscle has been appropriately worked upon and the correction in alignment has been achieved, applying Kinesio tape would help the patient to maintain the corrected alignment and activate the taped muscle in its optimal position. Kinesiotaping is effective not only is adults but also infants as it is non allergic and easy to use"

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