Effect of relaxing technique of kinesio taping on muscle function in infant with congenital muscular Torticollis
Zeinab Ahmed Hussein, Esraa Abd El Mohsen Ali, Gehan Hassan El-Meniawy
Background and purpose: Congenital muscular torticollis which is a common pediatric musculoskeletal abnormality, leads to an imbalance of muscle functions of head and neck muscles. Kinesio taping is a therapeutic tool used with increasing frequency within musculoskeletal rehabilitation. So, the purpose of this study was to determine the effect of kinesio taping on muscle functions around the head and neck in infant with congenital torticollis. Materials and Methods: Thirty infants (14 boys and 16 girls) whose age was ranged from 3 to 9 months selected from Abo -Elresh teaching hospital, They had congenital muscular torticollis without any palpable mass in sternocleidomastoid muscle. The infants were randomly and equally assigned into two groups; (control and study). In control group;the infants received specially designed physical therapy program for 30-45 minutes, three times per week, for three months. While in study group; Kinesio taping was applied on affected sternocleidomastoid muscle using relaxaing technique in addition to the same specially designed physical therapy program. The range of motion and muscle function of neck were assessed by Arthrodial protractor and muscle function scale respectively before and after eight weeks of treatment. Results: there is a significant difference in range of motion and muscle function when comparing the mean values between both groups after treatment, with favor to study group Conclusion: it was concluded that Kinesio tape should be adjunct to physical therapy program in infants with congenital torticollis.