The Study of the Changes of Mirror Movements with Upper Extremity on Stroke Patients

뇌졸중 환자에서 상지의 경상 운동의 변화 연구

  • Chang, Jong-Sung (Department of Rehabilitation Science, Graduate School, Daegu University) ;
  • Lee, Mi-Young (Department of Rehabilitation Science, Graduate School, Daegu University) ;
  • Kim, Chung-Sun (Department of Physical Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Science, Daegu University)
  • 장종성 (대구대학교 대학원 재활과학과) ;
  • 이미영 (대구대학교 대학원 재활과학과) ;
  • 김중선 (대구대학교 재활과학대학 물리치료학과)
  • Published : 2008.11.29


Purpose : The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of mirror movements(MM) on upper extremity's function and measure the change of MM on stroke patients depending on the elapse of time. Methods : Sixteen stroke patients with MM and Sixteen stroke patients without MM were recruited for this study. Intended movements and MM were measured by two dynanometers of MP150 system(BIOPAC System Inc., Santa Barbara, U.S.A). The upper extremity's motor function was measured using manual function test(MFT), Fugl-Meyer assesment(FMA). Results : The change rates of upper extremity's motor function test showed significant group differences in FMA but not in MFT between the patients with MM and without MM from the first test to the second test. In each group motor function generally more increased. The magnitudes of MM decreased from the first test to the second test. Conclusion : These results indicate that stroke patients with MM have a significant motor deficit. But motor deficit could be recovered by spontaneous recovery or treatments and a clinical sign of MM was improved. In the future, we suggest that studies of assessments of MM after rehabilitation and treatment interventions of MM on stroke patients.