The impact of convergence balance training and taping on spasticity and balance ability in patients with chronic stroke

균형훈련과 테이핑 융복합 적용이 뇌졸중 환자의 발목관절 경직 및 균형능력에 미치는 영향

  • Park, Shin-Jun (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Graduate School, Yongin University) ;
  • Kim, Tae-Hyun (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Graduate School, Yongin University) ;
  • Go, Jun-Hyeok (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Graduate School, Yongin University) ;
  • Youn, Pong-Sub (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Graduate School, Yongin University)
  • 박신준 (용인대학교 물리치료학과 일반대학원) ;
  • 김태현 (용인대학교 물리치료학과 일반대학원) ;
  • 고준혁 (용인대학교 물리치료학과 일반대학원) ;
  • 윤봉섭 (용인대학교 물리치료학과 일반대학원)
  • Received : 2017.05.31
  • Accepted : 2017.07.20
  • Published : 2017.07.28


The study was performed to determine the impact of the gastrocnemius taping with balance training on spasticity and balance ability of the ankle joint. A total of 25 stroke subjects were divided into two groups: a taping with balance training (n=14), a sham taping with balance training (n=11). Spasticity assesment was scored by modified ashworth scale. Balance ability assesment was performed by functional reach test (FRT), the timed up & go test (TUG). The stability index (SI), the left-right weight distribution (left-right WD), the toe-heel weight distribution (toe-heel WD) were analyzed in the eyes open conditions(EO) and eyes closed conditions(EC) conditions using by the Tetrax interactive balance system. The experimental group showed a significant improvement in SI, left-right WD and toe-heel WD in the EO and EC, MAS, FRT, TUG. In comparison between the groups, a significant improvement was detected in FRT, TUG, SI and left-right WD in the EO, and left-right WD and toe-heel WD in the EC. It was found out that a short period of balance training with taping is effective on spasticity and balance ability in stroke patients. Therefore, any stroke patient without skin damage is encouraged to use the gastrocnemius taping for balance rehabilitation.


Stroke;Balance training;Taping;Spasticity;Ankle


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