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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: September | Volume: 8 | Issue: 9 | Pages: 71-79

Effect of Therapeutic Taping on Functional Sitting Control during an Exercise Session in Children with Hypotonic Cerebral Palsy

Khushboo Dureja1, Shaswat Verma2

1Physiotherapy Assistant, Sydney, Australia,
2Assistant Professor, Department of Physiotherapy, Ramaiah Medical College and Hospitals, Bangalore, India,

Corresponding Author: Shaswat Verma


Background: Cerebral palsies are a heterogeneous group of non- progressive motor disorders of developing brain. It results from a lesion or developmental abnormality in fetal life or early infancy. Children with hypotonic cerebral palsy often exhibit problems with impaired trunk control and display poor sitting postures against gravity due to altered co- activation of muscles of trunk and hip. Therapeutic taping over the trunk helps in orientation of muscle forces along normal vectors and increasing proprioceptive and tactile facilitation. This study aims to, determine whether therapeutic taping helps in improving the functional sitting control during an exercise session in children with Hypotonic Cerebral Palsy, using the sitting domain of Gross Motor Function Measure-88 scale.
Methodology: Convenience samples of twenty subjects were taken and were screened for inclusion and exclusion criteria. Baseline scores of sitting domain of GMFM were taken and specific exercise to improve sitting balance was given. After the exercise session the scores for sitting domain of GMFM was taken again. All subjects were called after a gap of one day and baseline score for sitting domain of GMFM was recorded. Therapeutic taping was applied over the trunk and exercises were given along with it. After the session, scores of sitting domain of GMFM was recorded without removing the tape.
Results: Wilcoxon signed rank test was used for statistical analysis of the scores of sitting domain of GMFM-88 scale before and after treatment session. There was a significant change observed in the scores of exercise session with and without therapeutic taping (p<0.001).
Conclusion: On analyzing the results of this study, it is observed that addition of therapeutic taping to an exercise session is beneficial in improving the functional sitting control in children with hypotonic cerebral palsy.

Key words: Cerebral palsy, Functional Sitting Control, Therapeutic Taping, Gross Motor Function Measure-88.

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