Effects of Taping Application Type on Grip Power, Pinch Power, and EMG Activity
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 1, Issue 5, November 2013, Pages: 239-243
Received: Dec. 11, 2013; Published: Jan. 30, 2014
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Young-Han Park, Department of Physical Therapy, Korea National University of Transportation, Jeungpyeong-gun, South Korea
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This study is to investigate the changes of grip power, pinch power, EMG (MVC) and to generalize the effects by differentiating the application of tape on hand which we use the most in daily living. All subjects were divided into three groups, FT, ET, and RT group. All groups conducted pre-test and grip/pinch power and EMG were measured before and after the application of taping. Hand dynamometer was used to measure the grip power of hand. Measuring instrument for pinch power was used to investigate the pinch power according to the strength of hand. Maximum grip force and forearm surface EMG were recorded for maximum voluntary isometric grip contractions. After the application of flexor taping, there was a significant change in grip power (p<0.05), but not significant in pinch power (p>0.05). After the application of extensor taping, both grip power and pinch power showed some increases, but no significance (p>0.05). After the application of ring taping, there was a significant change (p<0.05), but not statistically significant in the pinch power (p>0.05). Application of ring taping was significant increase at the MVC compared with other groups (p<0.05). Flexor and ring type of taping therapy increased the grip power, MVC of hand and is expected to be used as a auxiliary tool for improvement of strength and function in patients who have low hand function because of frequent use of hands.
Taping, Grip Power, Pinch Power, EMG
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Young-Han Park, Effects of Taping Application Type on Grip Power, Pinch Power, and EMG Activity, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 1, No. 5, 2013, pp. 239-243. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20130105.20
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