Influence of myofascial taping application on postural stability in adolescents with pain in the anterior joint of the knee
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Department of Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic, Regional Specialised Children’s Hospital in Olsztyn, Poland
Clinic of Rehabilitation, Regional Specialised Children’s Hospital in Olsztyn, Poland
Faculty of Food Sciences, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland
Podhale State Higher School in Nowy Targ, Poland
Submission date: 2017-01-02
Acceptance date: 2018-01-23
Online publication date: 2018-02-02
Publication date: 2019-11-16
Corresponding author
Halina Protasiewicz-Fałdowska   

Kanta 15B, 10-691 Olsztyn, Poland. Phone: +48 601 830 520.
Pol. Ann. Med. 2018;25(1):46-50
Regardless of the cause of pain in the anterior joint of the knee, therapeutic possibilities aside from kinesitherapy also include myofascial applications using Flexotape tape.

The aim of the research is to analyze the postural stability of the lower limbs after the application of myofascial taping (Flexotape) for pain in the knee joints.

Material and methods:
Seventeen patients with pain in the anterior compartment of the knee at age 13–17 were enrolled in the study. A two-plate posturograph CQW2P-vUSB consisting of two platforms with embedded sensors was used for the measurements. The first test was performed without the application of taping. The second examination was performed directly after applying the application and the third test was half an hour after applying the taping. The Flexotape application was placed in the area of ​​the strainer fascia of the broad, painful lower limb.

The total length of the statokinesiogram (SP_EO) path counted in both axes does not change during the tests. The attached taping application does not affect the change of the statokinezjogram (SA_EO) surface area and the mean deflection of the foot pressure center in the direction of the AP axis. However, it has a statistically significant effect at the level of α = 0.01 for the deflection of the foot pressure center in the direction of the ML axis.

The present study shows that stretching and the selective work of muscle strengthening is not sufficient to improve the function of the lower limb with pain symptoms. The use of myofascial taping as a support in the process of rehabilitation seems to be the most justified, because its impact on the fascial system can affect the reduction of pain and improve the stability of the lower limb.

The Flexotype application improves the average deflection of foot pressure only in the frontal plane. The other parameters of postural stability remain unchanged. The application used in this study does not reduce the pain.

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