Balance Awareness and Kinesio Taping of the Ankle

Case Study Full Name: Balance Awareness and Kinesio Taping of the Ankle By: Laura Jo Husk   Purpose: The purpose of this study was two-fold - To determine if there was an effect of Kinesio Tex tape on balance and postural sway compared to no tape - And if bilateral tandem stance could be better used to replicate 10º of ankle plantar flaeion than in single leg stance   Discussion and Conclusions: The results indicate that Kinesio Tex tape applied to the lateral aspect of the ankle can significantly influence balance and postural sway when subjects have eyes closed, which correlates with positive alterations in ankle proprioception as measured by angle of replication reported in earlier studies. The results also indicate that Kinesio Tex tape may have a positive influence on single limb stance since there was a trend toward significance. Thus these results suggest that bilateral tandem limb stance may be a better indicator of COG sway for testing balance awareness. This study also suggests that Kinesio Tex tap might have a significant effect on subjects tested in single limb stance if there were larger number of subjects. The reasons for finding of no significance under the condition of eyes open may be related to the large role that vision plays in maintenance of balance, with visual cues overriding many other neural influences under normal conditions.  Proprioception and balance awareness in the eyes open condition may be too subtle to determine using today's technologies.

Balance Awareness and Kinesio Taping of the Ankle

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