Therapeutic Approach of Motor Imagery in Stroke Rehabilitation

뇌졸중 재활에 있어서 운동심상의 치료적 접근

  • Kim, Sik-Hyun (Department of Physical Therapy, Sunlin University)
  • Received : 2015.05.15
  • Accepted : 2015.06.16
  • Published : 2015.06.30

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to propose a new therapy algorithm that combines motor imagery and physiotherapy as a physiotherapeutic clinical intervention technique that can stimulate the recovery of damaged physical function for patients with stroke. Methods: A variety of scientific research results related to motor imagery were reviewed and analyzed to investigate their applicability to physiotherapy in clinics. Results: As a new therapy algorithm for the therapeutic approach of motor imagery in stroke rehabilitation, a therapy algorithm that combines motor imagery with physiotherapy is proposed, which consists of three stages or steps: STEP 1 motor imagery familiarization, STEP 2 explicit learning stage, and STEP 3 implicit learning. Conclusion: The new therapy algorithm proposed in this study is expected to be a very useful clinical therapeutic approach for stimulating the recovery of damaged physical function in patients with stroke. It is believed that it will be necessary to confirm and standardize the effects of the therapeutic algorithm proposed in this study in the future by conducting diverse clinical studies.

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