Effect of exercise program using mirrors for stroke patients

  • Received : 2013.01.07
  • Accepted : 2013.03.11
  • Published : 2013.03.28


This study was performed for two of specific reasons, one is for exercise development for improving stroke patient's muscle power, balance and gait and, after verifying the effect of the exercise, the other is for showing that the appling this exercise was more effective on hemi-plegic stroke patients into the clinical trial. The subjects of this study were hemi-plegic patients by stroke, 51 patients were picked up, who were agreed with this research. Close kinetic chain leg exercise using mirrors was applied to study group I, Close kinetic chain leg exercise without mirrors was applied to study group II and general physical therapy was applied to comparison group. The results of this study are as follows. The difference of the groups, study group I showed more effective than study group II on checking rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, biceps femoris, Korean version of Berg Balance Scale, Center of pressure, Functional gait assessment. In this study, Close kinetic chain leg exercise showed more effective and significant on improving for muscle power, balance and gait on stroke patients. Especially, doing exercise using mirrors is considered as more effective method than without mirrors.


Stroke;Mirror;Close kinetic chain exercise;Muscle strength;Balance;Gait


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