Does "Kinesio" taping improve on balance and functional performance in older adults: a pilot study
By The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness | 21 November 2018
Type:Randomized
Sample Size:42
Outcome:Positive
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BACKGROUND

The foot and ankle are important factors that provide balance and functional performance in older adults at risk of falling. It is important that proper posture of the foot via techniques such as taping and orthoses to increase contact with the ground. The purpose of this study was to investigate for a two-week period and prolonged effects (fourteen days) of 'Kinesio' tape on the level of functional performance, balance, muscle strength of the lower extremities, pain, and functional independence when 'Kinesio' tape was applied to the foot and ankle of older adults.

METHODS

Randomized trial.Forty-two older adults aged 65 years or more were selected randomly into one of two groups [('Kinesio' tape (n = 22) and control (n = 20)]. 'Kinesio' tape was used on the ankle and food of older adults for a two-week period. Participants were evaluated using the Visual Analog Scale, Berg Balance Scale, Timed Up and Go Test, Mini- Mental State Examination, 30-Second Sit to Stand test and Functional Independent Measurement instrument.

RESULTS

A significant difference was found between baseline and following application in the TUG and the BBS scores (p = 0.001 and p < 0.0001, respectively) in the 'Kinesio' tape group.

CONCLUSIONS

Our results show that Kinesio tape improves balance and functional performance and reduces the risk of falling among older adults.

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