The aim of this work was to assess the effect of neurological bandages (Kinesio Taping) for managing saliva flow in patients with drooling and intellectual disability.
Quasi-experimental study included 30 patients (20 male and 10 female participants) mean age of 15 years with intellectual disability and drooling [Public Special Education Centre in Cartagena (Murcia, Spain)]. Treatment consisted of the application of a strip of neuromuscular bandage applied in the suprahyoid area for a 3-month period. Efficacy was assessed by means of three clinical scales: the Sialorrhea clinical scale, the drooling rating scale and the drooling impact scale. These evaluations were performed at baseline, after 1 and 3 months of intervention.
Clinical improvements were obtained, showing statistically significant reductions in drooling after 1 month (P < 0.001) and 3 months (P < 0.001).
The application of neuromuscular bandages in the suprahyoid muscle area can be a useful option for managing drooling in patients with intellectual disability