Current Research in Medicine

Functional Recovery of Upper Limb Post-Stroke: Mental Practice with Motor and Non-Motor Imagery

Aline F. Bastos, Beatriz C. Carrapatoso, Marco Orsini, Marco A.A. Leite, Julio G.D. Silva and Gabriela G.L. Souza

DOI : 10.3844/amjsp.2012.50.55

Current Research in Medicine

Volume 3, Issue 1

Pages 50-55

Abstract

Problem statement: Mental Practice (MP) with motor imagery consists of a method of training in which motor imagery is used to improve performance. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of MP with motor imagery on motor recovery of the paretic upper limb of post-stroke patients in comparison with MP with non-motor imagery. Approach: Four post-stroke patients were divided into two groups: experimental (the physical practice of motor tasks and MP of the same tasks: n = 2) and control (the physical practice of motor tasks and MP of non-motor tasks: n = 2). We evaluated: Heart Rate (HR) and systolic (SBP) and Diastolic Blood Pressure (DBP), immediately before and after execution and imagination of the tasks; time of execution and imagination of each task; and motor function of the paretic upper limb through the questionnaires

Copyright

© 2012 Aline F. Bastos, Beatriz C. Carrapatoso, Marco Orsini, Marco A.A. Leite, Julio G.D. Silva and Gabriela G.L. Souza. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.