THE EFFECTIVENESS OF MIRROR THERAPY AMONG STROKE PATIENT
Keywords:mirror therapy, stroke, effectiveness, hand functioning
This review gives a direction that mirror therapy is effective for hand function. Mirror therapy (MT) is an alternative therapeutic intervention that enhances movement performance of the impaired hand of stroke patient It has been suggested that mirror therapy is a simple, inexpensive and, most importantly patients-directed treatment for stroke may which improve hand function also.
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of mirror therapy in hand functioning. METHOD: This narrative review was intended to explore, describe, and interpret the hand functioning. The initial workout starts with the quantitative review literature. A literature review was searched from PubMed, EBSCO, DELNET etc., using key words such as Mirror therapy, stroke, functional improvement, upper hand. Articles from the year are 2010-2016 included in this narrative review. In that 14 review 8 review articles are removed and six full text articles are selected on the basis of inclusion criteria. RESULT: The review finding showed that mirror therapy in addition to a conventional rehabilitation program was more beneficial in terms of motor recovery and hand-related functioning.
CONCLUSION: The present review showed a trend that mirror therapy is effective in the upper limb treatment of stroke patients. The six studies concluded that the mirror can be useful for acute, sub-acute stroke. The mirror therapy is an efficient, simple and cost-effective treatment in combination to the conventional stroke rehabilitation program leading to improvement in hand functions of patients with acute/ sub -acute stroke.
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