The Role of Kinaesthetic Motor Imagery in Promoting Activation of the Lumbrical Muscles in the Hemiparetic Hand: a Randomised Controlled Study

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Abstract

The objective of the investigation who gave as result this work was to investigate the effec-tiveness of kinaesthetic motor imagery in the activation of the hemiplegic hand muscles fol-lowing stroke. The experiment consisted of two random groups. Movements were measured after treatment. The participants were ten patients with hemiplegic hands (men who mean age was 74.4 years; mean time since stroke 3.05 months). All patients received three sessions of physical treatment based on an identical treatment protocol. Five patients were randomly assigned to an experimental group practising kinaesthetic motor imagery of a grasp using the ‘lumbrical action’ (experimental group). The others five (control group) followed a relaxation script. All the patients were then asked to grasp an object using the ‘lumbrical action’. The grasps were recorded using an optoelectronic motion capture system. The magnitude of the extension of the index finger and the correlation of the angular displacement of the proximal phalangeal joints and the metacarpophalangeal joints were calculated.
Translated title of the contributionEl papel de la imagen cinestésica motora en la promoción de la activación de los músculos lumbricales en la mano hemiparética: un estudio controlado aleatorizado
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-16
Number of pages12
JournalRevista ciencias de la salud
Volume9
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine

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