Abstract Of The WEEK

To submit an "Abstract Of The Week" to the NPTA, please click here to fill out the form. If selected, your entry will be pubished on the NPTA blog. 

Many more abstracts can be found at PubMed or by clicking here. 

Blog

Effects of Mirror Therapy on the Lower Limb Functionality Hemiparesis after Stroke

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the effect of activity-based mirror therapy (MT) on motor recovery and gait in chronic poststroke hemiparetic subjects.

DESIGN:

A randomised, controlled, assessor-blinded trial.

SETTING:

Rehabilitation institute.

PARTICIPANTS:

Thirty-six chronic poststroke (15.89 ± 9.01 months) hemiparetic subjects (age: 46.44 ± 7.89 years, 30 men and functional ambulation classification of median level 3).

INTERVENTIONS:

Activity-based MT comprised movements such as ball-rolling, rocker-board, and pedalling. The activities were provided on the less-affected side in front of the mirror while hiding the affected limb. The movement of the less-affected lower limb was projected as over the affected limb. Conventional motor therapy based on neurophysiological approaches was also provided to the experimental group. The control group received only conventional management.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Brunnstrom recovery stages (BRS), Fugl-Meyer assessment lower extremity (FMA-LE), Rivermead visual gait assessment (RVGA), and 10-metre walk test (10-MWT).

RESULTS:

Postintervention, the experimental group exhibited significant and favourable changes for FMA-LE (mean difference = 3.29, 95% CI = 1.23-5.35, p = .003) and RVGA (mean difference = 5.41, 95% CI = 1.12-9.71, p = .015) in comparison to the control group. No considerable changes were observed on 10-MWT.

CONCLUSIONS:

Activity-based MT facilitates motor recovery of the lower limb as well as reduces gait deviations among chronic poststroke hemiparetic subjects.

KEYWORDS:

Action observation; Ambulation; Cerebrovascular diseases; Mirror Neuron

PMID: 28949281
 
DOI: 10.1080/09602011.2017.1377087
To read the full abstract, click here.

This Abstract was submitted by Jacquelyn Sinner, jacquelynmachado@creighton.edu 

Return to list

0 Comments