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Effects of Kinesio Taping and Massage Application to Calf Muscle on Ankle Stability
J korean soc phys med 2018;13(4):35-42
Published online November 30, 2018;
© 2018 Korean Society of Physical Medicine.

Chan-Woo Kim, PT⋅Hyo-Lyun Roh1†

Majored in Physical Therapy, Graduate School of Kangwon National University
1Department of Physical Therapy, Kangwon National University
Received July 12, 2018; Revised July 16, 2018; Accepted August 5, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
PURPOSE: This study was conducted to investigate the effects of Kinesio taping and massage application to the calf muscles on ankle stability.
METHODS: The study subjects were 66 healthy adults (male: 32, female: 34) who had no instability in their ankles. Subjects were randomly assigned to a Kinesio taping group or a massage group. The research tool used the Y-balance test to measure instability of the ankle. The distance between the right and left foot was measured from the center in the anterior, posterior-medial, and posterior-lateral directions. Massage was applied to the calf muscles three times over two weeks and Kinesio tape was attached to the calf muscle and tibialis anterior for 10 hours twice during the experimental period.
RESULTS: The results showed that application of Kinesio taping resulted in increases in the distance between the feet increased in some directions. After the massage, the distance extended from the anterior and posterior-lateral directions was prolonged, and the ankle stability on the right and left sides was partially improved by massage application.
CONCLUSION: Kinesio taping and massage applied to the calf muscles are appropriate interventions for the improvement of ankle stability. Based on the application times of massage, Kinesio taping appears to work more effectively for ankle stability.
Keywords : Ankle stability, Calf muscle, Kinesio taping, Massage, Y-balance test

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