Gross motor skills and excessive rounding of the spine (kyphosis) in children with cerebral palsy can be significantly improved with Kinesio taping (KT) and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), in addition to neurodevelopmental therapy (NDT). ), according to a study by researchers in Turkey.
The results were reported in “Postural control and sitting training in children with cerebral palsy: taping Kinesio vs. neuromuscular electrical stimulation,»And published in the journal Complementary therapies in clinical practice.
Rehabilitation intervention techniques are commonly used to improve sitting ability and posture in children with cerebral palsy, but no studies have been done to determine the effect of KT in conjunction with CND.
The team of researchers led by Dr Murat Ersoz, from the Ankara Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Training and Research Hospital, analyzed the effects of KT and NMES used alongside NDT in 75 affected children. of spastic diplegic cerebral palsy.
KT is an alternative therapy developed by Kenzo Kase in 1973. It has been reported to aid circulation, improve tissue alignment, correct muscle function, and provide positional stimuli. It is commonly used in rehabilitation settings because of its ease of application, comfort, and the fact that it does not cause movement restrictions while providing mechanical support.
For the study, the researchers randomly divided the children into three groups and used NDTs on all the children four times a week for four weeks. Children in the first group (control group) received no further therapy, while children in the second group received KT and children in the third group received NMES. The team then analyzed the children’s sitting ability using the Global Motor Function Measure (GMFM) as well as their kyphosis levels.
The authors found that sitting ability and kyphosis improved in all children. The improvement was greater in the KT and NMES groups compared to the control group. The NMES group showed the best improvement.
The researchers concluded that applying KT or NMES for four weeks in addition to CND can effectively improve sitting ability and kyphosis in children with cerebral palsy, and that NMES is more effective than KT. According to the team, future studies should focus on combining KT and NMES with different rehabilitation modalities in different groups of children with cerebral palsy.