THE INFLUENCE OF NEUROMUSCULAR TAPING (NMT) IN WALKING SPEED FOR THE PATIENTS AFTER ISCHEMIC STROKE
RAHAYU, UMI BUDI
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Walking is one of the problems that found from the patients after ischemic stroke which are enhanced by motoric and posture control. Motoric and posture control can be seen from vertebrae control, pelvis, and knee joint. Neuromuscular Taping (NMT) is one of the interventions which can be applied on lumbar and knee area. The application of NMT in lumbar area effects skin, lymph, blood circulation, muscle bers decompression; those are increase the blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. The application of NMT on the knee joint will give movement control which increases the patient walking performance. This research aims to know the in uence of NMT application in increasing walking speed of patients after ischemic stroke. The research type is quasi experimental using pre-test and post-test without control group design. This research was conducted from February to March 2016 at Poliklinik Rehabilitasi Medik RSUD Kab. Sukoharjo. NMT application was done for lumbar and knee functional application while 5 times. In this research, the walking speed was measured using stopwatch about 3 meters. The result data before and after treatment was tested using statistical analysis (SPSS), Wilcoxon sign test. The result of statistical analysis shown that p-value = 0.043 (α < 0.05), then Ho is rejected, there was difference of average pre-test and post-test scores in walking speed after ischemic stroke. Neuromuscular Taping (NMT) with lumbar and knee functional application increased walking speed on patients after ischemic stroke.