Doing It with Mirrors: A Case Study of a Novel Approach to Neurorehabilitation

Krishnankutty Sathian, Arlene I. Greenspan, Steven L. Wolf

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Abstract

Arm amputees can experience the perception of movement of a phantom limb while looking at a mirror reflection of the moving, intact arm superimposed on the perceived phantom. Such use of a mirror to provide illusory visual feedback of move ment can be useful in rehabilitation of hemiparetic patients. In this case report, we de scribe the successful application of “mirror therapy” to the post-stroke rehabilitation of a patient with poor functional use of an upper extremity, due mainly to so matosensory deficits. Mirror therapy facilitated employment of a motor copy strategy (bimanual movements) and later progression to “forced use” of the affected arm. The end result was increased functional use of the affected upper limb.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-76
Number of pages4
JournalNeurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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