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ISSN : 2092-8475(Print)
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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.10 No.2 pp.1779-1784

Effect of Paretic and Non-paretic Side Spine Taping on Balance Ability in Patients with Stroke

Yonghun Choa,Shinjun Parkb,Soonhee Kimc
aAVENS Hospital, Anyang; bGangdong University,Yeoju, cYongin University, Yongin, Republic Korea
Address for correspondence
Soonhee Kim, PT, PhD
Department of Physical Therapy, Youngin University, 134, Yongin Daehakro, Chuhingu, Yonginshi, Kyunggido 449-714, Republic of Korea Tel: 82-10-6317-8310


Background: A number of researchers have attempted to improve the balance of stroke patients, however there is still a question as to whether taping is effective in increasing balance.
Objective: To determine the effect of paretic and non-paretic side taping on the balance ability in patients with stroke.
Design: A single-blind randomized controlled trial
Methods: This randomized single-blind controlled clinical trial with a repeated measures study included 45 subjects who were randomly assigned to paretic side taping groups (n=15), non-paretic side taping groups (n=15), and trunk exercise groups (n=15). Trunk exercise and paretic side taping groups had taping on the paralyzed erector spinae, while the non-paretic side taping group had taping on the non-paralyzed erector spinae. Trunk exercises were performed for 30 minutes to promote core muscles. The balance ability measured the center of pressure movement (paretic side, non-paretic side,forward, backward, limit of stability) in the sitting position. All measurements were evaluated using BioRescue.
Results: All three groups showed significant increase in all variables after 4 weeks. The paretic and non-paretic side taping groups had a significant increase in all variables after 30 min of attachment. However, there was no significant difference among the three groups.
Conclusions: Paralysis and non-paralysis taping improved the balance ability of patients with stroke in an immediate effect of 30 min. However, after 4 weeks of intervention, taping with trunk exercise did not differ from single trunk exercise. In future studies, various analyses need to be conducted through more diverse evaluations.