A systematic search of all Mental Practice clinical studies with stroke patients, published in the main scientific databases between December 2011 and October 2012, yielded 23 clinical trials.
The subsequent analysis concludes that Mental Practice is effective when used in conjunction with conventional physical therapy for functional rehabilitation of both upper and lower limbs, as well as for the recovery of daily activities and skills.
The researchers suggest that there be further studies that can determine optimal treatment protocols and profiles of patients most and least likely to benefit.
Citation: García Carrasco D, Aboitiz Cantalapiedra J. Effectiveness of motor imagery or mental practice in functional recovery after stroke: a systematic review. Neurologia. 2016 Jan-Feb;31 (1):43-52.
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