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Fisioterapia e Pesquisa

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SILVA, Soraia Micaela et al. Eight-point binding as a physical therapeutic resource for rehabilitation of functional performance after a stroke. Fisioter. Pesqui. [online]. 2014, vol.21, n.1, pp.4-9. ISSN 1809-2950.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1809-2950/203210114.

A stroke may leave neurological, motor and sensory sequelae, interfering with the function of movements and culminating in gait and balance changes. Therefore, it is necessary to demonstrate the efficacy of eight-point binding, a low-cost technique that functions to provide proprioceptive information and promote the biomechanical alignment of the ankle, acting against mechanisms that lead to equinovarus foot. This study aims to determine the immediate effect of eight-point binding as a physical therapy resource for the rehabilitation of function performance after a stroke. To this end, 22 patients who were able to walk alone without an orthosis were evaluated, and performed the Timed Up and Go (TUG) functional mobility test, a gait speed assessment and the Berg Balance Scale, with and without the eight-point binding in the paretic lower limb. When comparing the results after the eight-point binding, it was possible to observe a statistically significant difference (p<0.05) in all of the studied variables. After analyzing the results, it was concluded that after a single application of eight-point binding, it is possible to identify statistically significant improvement in gait speed, functional mobility and balance after a stroke.

Keywords : Stroke/complications; Gait; Postural Balance; Orthotic Devices.

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