Use of Kinesio taping in lower-extremity rehabilitation of post-stroke patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis
By Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice | 01 May 2019
Type:Randomized Controlled Trial
Sample Size:783
Outcome:Positive
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Background and Purpose

The benefits of Kinesio taping (KT) in post-stroke rehabilitation have not been determined. This study aimed to evaluate its effects on lower-extremity rehabilitation in patients after a stroke.

Methods

A literature search was performed using EBSCOhost, Embase, Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro), PubMed, Cochrane, Web of Science, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), SinoMed, and Wanfang Data through June 2018. Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the use of KT during lower-extremity, post-stroke rehabilitation were selected. Meta-analysis was conducted.

Results

A total of 14 RCTs of low to moderate quality were reviewed and included 783 participants. Results indicated that KT significantly improved patients' lower extremity spasticity, motor function, balance, ambulation, gait parameters, and daily activities, with few adverse effects.

Conclusion

KT may have positive effects on lower-extremity, post-stroke rehabilitation. Due to the limited number and quality of the research, additional studies are needed to identify KT benefits.

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