Effects of Action Observational Physical Training Based on Mirror Neuron System on Upper Extremity function and Activities of Daily Living of Chronic Stroke Patients

거울신경세포시스템에 근간한 동작관찰-신체훈련이 만성 뇌졸중 환자의 상지기능과 일상생활활동에 미치는 영향

  • Ko, Hyo-Eun (Department of Occupational Therapy, Dong-shin University)
  • 고효은 (동신대학교 작업치료학과)
  • Received : 2015.11.28
  • Accepted : 2015.12.13
  • Published : 2015.12.30


Purpose: This study aimed to examine the effects of mirror-neuron-system-based action observation physical training on improvements in upper extremity functions and daily living activities in chronic stroke patients. Methods: Ten chronic stroke patients were randomly selected. As a therapeutic intervention, along with conventional occupational therapy, the patients engaged in action observation physical training through repeated imitation practices after they viewed a video. The therapeutic intervention was implemented for 20 minutes, three times each week for eight weeks. A Manual Function Test (MFT) was conducted to compare upper extremity functions before and after the therapeutic intervention, and the Modified Barthel Index (MBI) was used to compare the ability to perform daily living activities. Results: Significant improvements in upper extremity motor functions and the ability to perform daily living activities were shown after the intervention. The subjects' left upper extremity motor functions and ability to perform daily living activities showed significant improvement after the intervention. Conclusion: The study's results indicate that action observation physical training based on the mirror neuron system improves chronic stroke patients' upper extremity motor functions and their ability to perform daily living activities. Therefore, action observation training has positive effects on the functional recovery of chronic stroke patients.



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