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J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Jul;27(7):2289-91. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.2289. Epub 2015 Jul 22.

Motor imagery training improves upper extremity performance in stroke patients.

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1
Graduate School of Physical Therapy, Sahmyook University, Republic of Korea.
2
Department of Physical Therapy, Sahmyook University, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to investigate whether motor imagery training has a positive influence on upper extremity performance in stroke patients. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty-four patients were randomly assigned to one of the following two groups: motor imagery (n = 12) or control (n = 12). Over the course of 4 weeks, the motor imagery group participated in 30 minutes of motor imagery training on each of the 18 tasks (9 hours total) related to their daily living activities. After the 4-week intervention period, the Fugl-Meyer Assessment-Upper Extremity outcomes and Wolf Motor Function Test outcomes were compared. [Results] The post-test score of the motor imagery group on the Fugl-Meyer Assessment-Upper Extremity outcomes was significantly higher than that of the control group. In particular, the shoulder and wrist sub-items demonstrated improvement in the motor imagery group. [Conclusion] Motor imagery training has a positive influence on upper extremity performance by improving functional mobility during stroke rehabilitation. These results suggest that motor imagery training is feasible and beneficial for improving upper extremity function in stroke patients.

KEYWORDS:

Motor imagery training; Stroke; Upper extremity performance

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