Systematic Review on Effect of Mirror Therapy on Upper Extremity Function for Stroke Patients

뇌졸중 환자의 상지기능 향상을 위한 거울치료 효과에 관한 체계적 고찰

  • 박진혁 (가톨릭대학교 서울성모병원 작업치료실) ;
  • 허서윤 (대구대학교 재활공학과)
  • Received : 2013.12.27
  • Accepted : 2014.02.12
  • Published : 2014.03.28


Recent years, mirror therapy or mirror neuron therapy has been used to improve neural damage of upper extremities among stroke patients. This systematic review was conducted to assess the clinical effect of mirror therapy used for the treatment of upper extremities for patients with stroke. After literature search, researchers selected for 9 randomized controlled clinical trial studies registered up to October 2013 based on PubMed database, using the following search terms: mirror therapy, mirror neuron, stroke, paresis, hemiplegia, upper extremity. There were significant improves of distal upper extremity function in the use of mirror therapy groups but the research using range of motion(ROM) as outcome measure. In conclusion, mirror therapy was more effective than conventional therapies or sham therapies for upper recovery of distal upper extremity function among stroke patients.


Stroke;Mirror Therapy;Mirror Neuron;Upper Extremity Function


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