The Effects of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Integrated Mirror Therapy on the Gait of Chronic Stroke Patients

  • Cha, Hyun-Gyu (Department of Physical Therapy, Kyungbuk College) ;
  • Kim, Myoung-Kwon (Department of Physical Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Daegu University)
  • Received : 2015.04.01
  • Accepted : 2015.04.15
  • Published : 2015.06.30


This study was conducted to determine the effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) integrated mirror therapy on the gait of post-stroke patients. Thirty patients who were six months post-stroke were assigned to either the experimental group (n = 15) or the control group (n = 15). Stroke patients in the experimental group underwent rTMS and mirror therapy for the lower limbs, while those in the control group underwent rTMS and sham therapy. Participants in both groups received therapy five days per week for four weeks. A significant difference in post-training gains for the single support phase, step length, stride length and velocity was observed between the experimental group and the control group (p < 0.05). The experimental group showed a significant increment in the single support phase, step length, stride length, swing phase, velocity, cadence, double support phase and step width as compared to pre-intervention (p < 0.05). The control group showed a significant increment in step length, velocity, cadence and step width compared to preintervention (p < 0.05). Further investigation of the availability and feasibility of rTMS integrated mirror therapy for post-stroke patients as a therapeutic approach for gait rehabilitation is warranted.



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