Poststroke spasticity (PSS) is one of the common complications in stroke patients who had a
brain injury leading to limbs weakness and impaired coordination between agonist and
antagonist contraction. PSS leads some physical impairments and functional deficits. The
clinical managements for PSS are stretching and range of motion (ROM) exercises,
antispasticity splint, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, oral medications, local
injection with phenol or botulism, or surgery. Recently, some investigators tried to use
Kinesiotaping (KT) for spasticity management or postural control. They found some benefits in
walking ability and upper extremity function facilitation after stroke.
40 subacute stroke patients with hemiplegia would be enrolled in this study. These 40
patients will be randomly divided into the experimental and control groups. In experimental
group (n=20), the patients will perform combined KT and 15- min stretching exercise for upper
extremity twice daily and regular rehabilitation program for 3 weeks. In the control group
(n=20), the patients will perform 15- min stretching exercise for upper extremity twice daily
and regular rehabilitation program for 3 weeks. Before intervention, immediately and 2 week
post intervention, all patients will receive associated physical examinations, hand function
evaluations, and sonography.