Neuromuscular taping for the upper limb in Cerebral Palsy: A case study in a patient with hemiplegia

Filippo Camerota, Manuela Galli, Veronica Cimolin, Claudia Celletti, Andrea Ancillao, David Blow, Giorgio Albertini

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Abstract

Objective: To assess quantitatively the effects of Neuromuscular Taping (NMT) on the upper limb in a female child with left hemiplegia, due to Cerebral Palsy (CP). Methods: The patient underwent NMT on cervical level, shoulder and hand only of the plegic upper limb, followed by physical therapy. Kinematic data of upper limbs during reaching task were collected before (PRE) and after 2 weeks of treatment (POST). Results: After the intervention, the affected limb improved in terms of movement duration, Average Jerk and Number of Unit Movements indices, indicating a faster, smoother and less segmented movement. Improvements appeared at the ranges of motion of the upper limb joints, both at shoulder and elbow joints. No significant changes were globally displayed for the unaffected arm. Conclusion: NMT seems to be a promising intervention for improving upper limb movement in patients with CP. Further investigations are certainly needed to assess effectively the effects of the intervention in this pathological state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-387
Number of pages4
JournalDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2014

Keywords

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Kinematics
  • Neuromuscular taping
  • Reaching
  • Rehabilitation
  • Upper limb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Medicine(all)

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