Mirror therapy with bilateral arm training for hemiplegic upper extremity motor functions in patients with chronic stroke
KNK Fong1, KH Ting1, CCH Chan1, LSW Li2
1 Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2 Tung Wah Hospital
1. Mirror therapy has an incongruent visual feedback induced by mirror, which makes it different from bilateral arm training.
2. Mirror therapy and bilateral arm training are useful in enhancing hemiplegic arm functions in patients with chronic stroke, with significant benefits to the distal hand functions in mirror therapy.
3. In an electroencephalographic study to observe a mirror illusion attributed to mirror neuron system for stroke and healthy participants, event-related desynchronisation in beta bands particularly the Beta rhythm (17-35 Hz) in both contralateral and ipsilateral motor cortices reflected that action observation for motor preparation in stroke patients was much reduced and might affect motor learning.