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Kinesio pilot project

Kinesio pilot project

Thursday 19 February 2015

Cope Foundation is always trying to find other groups to work with as well as new and better ways of working.

The Physiotherapy Department in Cope Foundation have been working with Gait Analysis Laboratory from Central Remedial Clinic (CRC).

The group came together to add the clinical knowledge of Cope Foundation to the expertise of staff from Gait Analysis Laboratory.

They ran a two day pilot research study together in St. Paul's school, Cope Foundation

The study looked at how well Kinesio tape helps children with Down syndrome with muscle activation, standing posture and gait.

Kinesio tape is a special type of elastic tape that is used by sports people to help heal injuries by supporting muscles and increasing blood flow.

The group looked at how the tape changed the way people were standing and using an EMG looked at how the tape changed leg muscle groups.

EMG stands for Electromyography. EMG is used to look at the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them.

To see how the tape worked the group recorded what muscles were like before and after the tape was used.

This was only a pilot study but the groups hope they can work together again in the future.

The Physiotherapy department would like to thank everyone involved in the project for their support and assistance.

Members of Cope Foundation and CRC teams from left to right in the picture below. Damien Kiernan, Rory O’ Sullivan, Anne Hartnett, Mary Hallahan, Finn Smalle, Dave Worrall, Siobhan Egan and Anne-Marie Carey.