Kinesiotaping after thoracosurgeries

Jan Szczegielniak, Marcin Krajczy, Katarzyna Bogacz, Jacek Łuniewski, Zbigniew Śliwiński

Jan Szczegielniak, Marcin Krajczy, Katarzyna Bogacz, Jacek Łuniewski, Zbigniew Śliwiński – Kinesiotaping after thoracosurgeries. Fizjoterapia Polska 2007; 7(3); 344-350

Abstract
In 2005 there were about 15 000 operations carried out in Thoracosurgery Units in Poland. The majority of these involved lobectomy due to structural changes resulting from cancer. It is worth mentioning that the majority of patients were operated on during their first or second stages of the disease, which shows improvement in methods used for diagnostic purposes qualifying for surgical operations. However, the patients treated in the third stage of their disease might reach even 40%. Application of physiotherapy in these patients is a complex problem due to the disease, their overall condition and post-operative complications. The treatment aims at improving the efficiency, strengthening the respiration mechanism, increasing thoracic flexibility and pain relief – which finally leads to improvement of the patient’s well-being. In case of possible lymphatic swelling, drainage and antiedema treatment are also very important. In case of the patients, who underwent surgery, not connected with cancer, physical treatment and massage are valuable complementation to kinesitherapy, which is the basis of physiotherapeutic treatment. They are mainly used in order to stabilize the muscle tone, decrease swelling and pain perception. However, because of the main disease, they could not be applied in most of patients. Under limited possibility of using physiotherapeutic treatment, kinesiotaping (KT) is a safe method stimulating post—operative scar healing, improving muscle activity and helping to decrease swelling and pain.
Key words:
kinesiotaping, physiotherapy, thoracosurgery
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The possibilities of using Kinesio Taping in patients after cardiac surgery

Jan Szczegielniak, Jacek Łuniewski, Katarzyna Bogacz, Marcin Krajczy, Zbigniew Śliwiński

Jan Szczegielniak, Jacek Łuniewski, Katarzyna Bogacz, Marcin Krajczy, Zbigniew Śliwiński – The possibilities of using Kinesio Taping in patients after cardiac surgery. Fizjoterapia Polska 2007; 7(4); 465-471

Abstract
Background. Kinesio Taping is used in physiotherapy to stimulate recovery and increase physical efficiency. Kinesio Taping offers new possibilities of using physiotherapy in patients who cannot fully benefit from kinesiotherapy or physiotherapy. Kinesio Taping is a method of treatment of pain syndromes reducing subjective pain perception. Appropriate applications, adjusted to patients’ needs and overall health, stimulate the activity of the lymphatic system and auxiliary respiratory muscles, regulate muscle tone, accelerate post-operative scar healing processes and provide additional scar stabilization.The aim. The article presents possibilities for using Kinesio Taping in patients after cardiac surgery. Kinesio Taping was used in the study in order to reduce pain, stabilize muscle tone, support respiratory muscles, prevent pectoralis muscle contracture, accelerate post-operative scar healing processes, increase post-operative scar elasticity and prevent the development of adhesions. Conclusions. The observed results of therapy were as follows: a decrease in subjective pain perception, a reduction of oedema, additional scar stabilization, and fully active participation of the patients in kinesiotherapy, which was limited before the KT treatment.
Key words:
Kinesio Taping, physiotherapy, cardio-surgery
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Usefulness of Kinesiology Taping in post-stroke patients rehabilitated with the PNF method. Preliminary report

Zbigniew Śliwiński, Marta Kopa, Bartłomiej Halat, Beata Michalak, Wojciech Kufel, Henryk Racheniuk, Magdalena Wilk, Marcin Krajczy, Jan Szczegielniak

Zbigniew Śliwiński, Marta Kopa, Bartłomiej Halat, Beata Michalak, Wojciech Kufel, Henryk Racheniuk, Magdalena Wilk, Marcin Krajczy, Jan Szczegielniak – Usefulness of Kinesiology Taping in post-stroke patients rehabilitated with the PNF method. Preliminary report. Fizjoterapia Polska 2008; 8(3); 325-334

Abstract
Background. Physiotherapy employs a number of kinesiotherapeutic methods based on understanding the course of the development- and movement-related neurophysiological processes, with PNF being one of the methods. Rehabilitation of stroke patients produces better results if different methods are combined, e. g. PNF and KT. Material and methods. The study involved 15 post-stroke patients, including 10 men and 5 women, aged 39-72. Each subject was examined once. Two muscle tone tests according to the Ashworth scale and three functional tests of the paralyzed upper extremity (prior to the therapy, on completion of PNF therapy and following functional KT application) were performed. The upper extremity function test consisted in the subject picking up an object. The distance [cm] between the object and the table surface was measured. Each patient underwent a 45-60 minute rehabilitation session using the PNF method. Additionally, KT was applied onto the radiocarpal joint extensor muscles.Results. Muscle tone according to the Ashworth scale did not change. The mean functional test results [cm] were as follows: 3.8 prior to the therapy, 6.6 post-PNF, and 7.8 post-KT. In two subjects the functional test results did not change, whereas the upper extremity function in the remaining 13 subjects improved after PNF therapy. A marked improvement was observed following the application of KT. In 10 patients, the additional KT application considerably facilitated PNF-based rehabilitation. Conclusions. A combined PNF and KT therapy contributes to improvement of function in the paralyzed extremity. Functional KT application proved to be useful and to facilitate PNF rehabilitation, and so the two modalities may and even should be combined. Although the patients were only subjected to a single PNF session, the function of the upper extremity improved. An even more marked improvement was observed following the functional application of KT. Muscle tone according to the Ashworth scale did not change significantly on completion of the therapy. However, it did not have a decisive influence on the positive results of the functional tests. We did not observe a correlation between the combined PNF and KT therapy and the duration of the post-stroke period was.
Key words:
Kinesiology Taping applications, PNF method, cerebral stroke
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Vojta Screening Tests in children with CNS damage and functional applications of Kinesiology Taping

Zbigniew Śliwiński, Bartłomiej Halat, Beata Michalak, Wojciech Kufel, Marta Kopa, Jacek Łuniewski, Katarzyna Bogacz, Marcin Krajczy, Jan Szczegielniak

Zbigniew Śliwiński, Bartłomiej Halat, Beata Michalak, Wojciech Kufel, Marta Kopa, Jacek Łuniewski, Katarzyna Bogacz, Marcin Krajczy, Jan Szczegielniak – Vojta Screening Tests in children with CNS damage and functional applications of Kinesiology Taping. Fizjoterapia Polska 2008; 8(3); 317-324

Abstract
Background. The manifestations of CNS disorders, whether it is spasticity, athetosis, ataxia, or any other, are not visible shortly after birth. They usually develop during the first 4 months of life. They can only be elicited in challenge tests, including kinesiological diagnostic work- up according to V. Vojta.Aim – to define the effect of Kinesiology Taping functional application in children with central coordination disorders. Material and Methods. The study involved 28 patients from the Inpatient Rehabilitation Centre of the Multi-speciality Independent Public Health Care Facility in Zgorzelec (10 boys and 18 girls aged 6-10 months). The mean age of the group was 8 months.Results. Changes in the subjects’ postural reactivity were produced in the course of Vojta kinesiological tests. The difference between the number of pre- and post-Kinesiology Taping abnormal reactions [%] was statistically significant for 3 out of the 7 reactions tested. The mean number of abnormal reactions was 3.12 out of 7 reactions tested. The post-KT results improved inasmuch as the number of abnormal reactions decreased on average by 1 to 2.14 abnormal reactions out of the 7 reactions tested.Conclusions. Children tolerate the therapy of Kinesiology Taping very well. KT produces changes in the spatial arrangement of body parts and improves spatial reactivity, as was observed in the Vojta tests. The Traction Response test showed body axis correction in asymmetric children. The suspension test according to Collis revealed that the application of KT on the hand exerted an effect on muscle tone.
Key words:
Vojta screening tests, Kinesiology Taping
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The effectiveness of Kinesio Taping applications in physiotherapy of post-cholecystectomy patients. Preliminary report

Marcin Krajczy, Jan Szczegielniak, Zbigniew Śliwiński, Krzysztof Kamiński

Marcin Krajczy, Jan Szczegielniak, Zbigniew Śliwiński, Krzysztof Kamiński – The effectiveness of Kinesio Taping applications in physiotherapy of post-cholecystectomy patients. Preliminary report. Fizjoterapia Polska 2008; 8(3); 279-289

Abstract
Background. Abdominal surgery is always associated with a variety of dysfunctions, including post-operative paralysis of the alimentary tract, water-electrolyte imbalance and other, related to the underlying disease, anaesthesia and any co-existing diseases. Post-operative pain, respiratory complications as well as impaired exercise tolerance remain a serious problem for postabdominal surgery patients. Material and methods. In order to confirm the clinical effects of Kinesio Taping, a study was performed on a group of 17 patients (8 men, 9 women) following recent open cholecystectomy in the General Surgery Unit of Nysa Municipal Hospital, between March 2007 and February 2008. The patients were randomized to a treatment group (5 women, 3 men), which received Kinesio Taping, and a control group (3 women, 6 men), which received standard treatment. The following parameters were evaluated during the study: subjective pain, abdominal circumferences, ventilatory function, exercise tolerance, duration of intestinal atony to the return of peristalsis and first post-operative defecation.Results and Conclusions. 1. Kinesio Taping applied to patients after cholecystectomy reduced pain, accelerated reduction of abdomen circumference and was associated with much lower consumption of analgesics compared to the control group. 2. Kinesio Taping considerably shortened post-operative intestinal atony, accelerating the return of peristalsis and first defecation after the operation. 3. Increased exercise tolerance and ventilatory function observed in the study indicates that Kinesio Taping is an effective physiotherapy technique in patients following a conventional cholecystectomy.
Key words:
general surgery, physiotherapy, Kinesio Taping
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Assessment of gait patiem following Kinesiology Taping application in patients after cerebral stroke

Beata Michalak, Bartłomiej Halat, Wojciech Kufel, Marta Kopa, Jacek Łuniewski, Katarzyna Bogacz, Magdalena Wilk, Marcin Krajczy, Anna Lipińska, Jan Szczegielniak, Zbigniew Śliwiński

Beata Michalak, Bartłomiej Halat, Wojciech Kufel, Marta Kopa, Jacek Łuniewski, Katarzyna Bogacz, Magdalena Wilk, Marcin Krajczy, Anna Lipińska, Jan Szczegielniak, Zbigniew Śliwiński – Assessment of gait patiem following Kinesiology Taping application in patients after cerebral stroke. Fizjoterapia Polska 2009; 9(2); 133-142

Abstract
Background. The authors present an assessment of gait pattern in stroke patients subjected to comprehensive physiotherapy inclu-ding Kinesiology Taping applications. Material and methods. The KT group included 20 patients (13 men and 7 women) who were subjected to Kinesiology Taping. KT applications were not used in the control group, which consisted of 5 women and 15 men. Ali patients underwent physical, neurological and functional examinations, which constituted the basis for designing a rehabilitation program. Results. The analysis of the results indicates that functional KT application to the anterior tibial muscie, ligamentous KT application to the Achilles tendon and muscular KT application to the soleus muscie significantly contributed to improving ankle joint function. Patients treated with KT applications demonstrated improved gait patterns, visible as balanced step length and an extended support phase main-taining the body weight. When learning and analyzing the gait pattern, the midstance phase (fuli loading) is a significant element prece-ding the propulsion phase. This assessment of gait patterns following KT application in stroke patient is an innovative study. Conclusions. Muscular and ligamentous Kinesiology Taping applications reduce the spastic tension of the lower limb muscles para-lyzed as a result of cerebral stroke, The beneficial effect of Kinesiology Taping described by the founders ofthis method reduces the congestive edema of the limbs paralyzed as a result of a cerebral stroke and improve the gait pattern. The rehabilitation program applied in this study increased the gait speed of the stroke patients.
Key words:
Kinesiology Taping, muscular applications, ligamentous applications, corrective applications, cerebral stroke
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Rehabilitation models for patients with COPD

Jan Szczegielniak, Jacek Łuniewski, Marcin Krajczy, Katarzyna Bogacz

J.Szczegielniak, J. Łuniewski, M. Krajczy, K. Bogacz – Rehabilitation models for patients with COPD. Fizjoterapia Polska 2019; 19(3); 126-137

Abstract
Rehabilitation program includes models A, B, C, D and E. Key criteria in qualifying patients for adequate rehabilitation models include assessment of exercise tolerance, degree of lung ventilation dysfunction (FEV1 index), dyspnea level and physical function level.
The other criteria considered in the qualification include age, dyspnea and physical function. Patients with contraindications for exercise test and patients with cardiopulmonary insufficiency are qualified for model E. Individual models include cycle ergometer training (up to training heart rate), breathing and general exercises, resistance training or station training, walking, inhalations, postural drainage and effective coughing exercises, as well as chest percussion, physical therapy and massage.

Key words:
rehabilitation program, COPD, rehabilitation models

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Exercise tolerance tests used in physiotherapy for COPD patients.

Jan Szczegielniak, Katarzyna Bogacz, Marcin Krajczy, Jacek Łuniewski

Jan Szczegielniak, Katarzyna Bogacz, Marcin Krajczy, Jacek Łuniewski – Exercise tolerance tests used in physiotherapy for COPD patients. Fizjoterapia Polska 2019; 19(3); 24-30

Abstract
Aerobic training constitutes the basis of COPD patients’ physiotherapy. To establish individualized exercise load for each patient it is necessary to conduct an exercise tolerance test. Exercise tolerance tests allow for adequate planning of endurance training and assessment of its outcomes. Additionally, they are considered a_reliable tool for the assessment of rehabilitation benefits. Exercise tolerance tests are frequently used for physiotherapy qualification, development of training programs, identification of symptoms which reduce exercise effort potential, monitoring of physiotherapy process and assessment of physiotherapy effects.

Key words:
exercise tolerance tests, COPD

 

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The influence of static splayfoot on body posture within knee joints and spine in children

Katarzyna Bogacz, Bartosz Pańczyszak, Daria Duch, Jacek Łuniewski, Marcin Krajczy, Jan Szczegielniak

K. Bogacz, B. Pańczyszak, D. Duch, J. Łuniewski, M. Krajczy, J. Szczegielniak- The influence of static splayfoot on body posture within knee joints and spine in children. Fizjoterapia Polska 2019; 19(1); 52-58

Abstract
Aim of work. The aim of this work was to assess body postures of primary school pupils and to assess the influence of static splayfoot on bad posture within lower limbs and spine.
Material and Methods. Research sample included 306 grade four pupils attending primary schools in Kluczbork municipal district. The research test were conducted at the turn of 2017 and 2018. The results gathered in the test were subjected to statistical analysis to determine correlations between particular body posture deformities. Correlation analysis was used to determine correlations between the assessed variables.
Results. The analysis of posture fault occurrence in the research population showed variables of statistical significance for spine curvatures, flat foot and cross knees. Additionally, knee joints flexion contracture was reported in one child.
Conclusions.
1. Bad body posture within lower limbs and spine are common among grade four pupils.
2. There is a strong correlation between splayfoot and deformities within knees and spine.

Key words:
Splayfoot, body posture, children, health

 

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