Tightness in the back of the thigh muscles (hamstrings) can cause changes to how we sit, stand, or walk and cause discomfort. Young people with Cerebral Palsy (CP) often have increased activity in these muscles which are generally managed with stretches, medicine or surgery. These treatments aim to maintain a child’s level of movement and minimise their pain.
Elastic therapeutic taping is popular in the world of athletics and has been used to treat other conditions. The tape is thought to improve muscle tone and control in people with CP, but there is limited research to support its use on children with CP. This study will seek to further that research, looking at the use of tape on muscle tone in participants and how it affects the movement of the leg and functional activities such as walking.
Here we will provide information about the study and link to resources for children and families affected by CP, which we hope you will find helpful. This study is in the early stages and the website will be updated to keep you informed of our progress.