Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Tania Shearon, MOT, OTR/L, CHT, C-AYT

Second Advisor

Aaron Bonsall PhD, OTR/L


A stroke is a debilitating impairment affecting a large number of people each year. One of the main impairments post stroke is shoulder subluxation. Secondary to shoulder subluxation, a patient will experience pain associated as hemiplegic. Two types of interventions to address this deficit is taping, specifically the California tri-pull taping method and mental practice/motor imagery. The following single-case design of a 74-year-old female, who has been experiencing hemiplegic shoulder pain, as a result of a stroke in 2018. The current single-case design examines the efficacy of the California tri-pull taping method combined with mental practice/motor imagery for improving upper extremity motor function, decreasing pain, and increasing overall ADL function during a 12-week period. The patient showed clinically significant improvements in all areas of assessments. for future clinical implications, the taping method used provides insight on reducing subluxation with the secondary effects to reducing pain. The results of this single-case design show promising results for future research to further assess the effectiveness of the California tri-pull taping method combined with motor imagery/mental practice for stroke patients at any stage of their individual recovery.