International Journal of Exercise Science 16(1): 587-598, 2023. Gluteus medius eccentrically regulates hip adduction and internal rotation in unilateral postures against gravity. Any weakness to Gluteus medius can lead to poor posture, impaired balance and altered plantar pressure. There is a scarcity of literature to find the immediate effect of gluteus medius kinesio-taping on plantar pressure distribution and balance among healthy individuals. A Randomized cross-over trial was conducted in outpatient physiotherapy department of Manipal Hospitals Bangalore, on 28 healthy individuals from March 2021 to April 2022. The taping was done on the dominant leg of the subjects, with no tape, sham tape and kinesio tape with a least 30-minute time difference. Mean maximum plantar pressure, dynamic balance and squat score was analyzed under three tape conditions. The mean maximum plantar pressure was assessed using Foot Work Pro, dynamic and static balance was assessed using Biodex Balance SD and squat score using Kinovea software. Friedman’s test was used to analyze the mean difference between the groups. There was a significant difference in the static overall stability index (p = 0.001), static antero-posterior stability index (p = 0.001), static mediolateral stability index (p = 0.047), overall static sway (p = 0.008) dynamic antero-posterior stability index (p < 0.001), dynamic overall stability index (p = 0.013), dynamic mediolateral stability index (p < 0.001), overall dynamic sway (p < 0.001) and deep squat score (p = 0.009). The results of the study suggest that kinesio-taping is an effective method on improving the dynamic balance and deep squat quality in normal healthy individuals.
Shekar, Deepa; Kalyan, Hemant K.; Venkatesan, Prem; Prakash, Nithin; and Harikesavan, Karvannan
"IMMEDIATE EFFECT OF GLUTEUS MEDIUS KINESIO-TAPING ON PLANTAR PRESSURE DISTRIBUTION AND BALANCE AMONG HEALTHY INDIVIDUALS,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 16
1, Pages 587 - 598.
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