The Effect of Guided Motor Imagery on Functional Gait Performance in Post Stroke Patients

Authors

  • Nikita Vishnu Sawant

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijpot.v14i4.11331

Keywords:

Functional gait performance, Post stroke patients, Guided motor imagery

Abstract

Purpose: Restoration of independent walking is the major goal of rehabilitation after stroke. Walking
difficulty hinders community level participation of an individual, affecting quality of life. Earliest activation
of locomotion concerned cortical areas is important to achieve near normal locomotion after rehabilitation.
Motor imagery (MI) is a process of imagination of body part movement without actually moving it and it is
found that MI activates same cortical areas which are activated during actual movement. MI enhances motor
planning, causes neural adaptations to improve voluntary skeletal muscle strength and increases firing at
local interneurons as well. There is limited evidence available regarding the effect of guided motor imagery
(guided MI) on functional gait performance in post stroke patients. Hence, purpose of this study is to see the
effect of guided MI on functional gait performance in post stroke patients. Aim: To study effect of guided
MI on functional gait performance in post stroke patients. Objective: To assess and compare functional
gait performance in post stroke patients with and without guided MI. Method: Prospective, Experimental
Randomized Control Trial. Result: Study results showed that functional gait performance has improved in
post stroke patients due to guided MI reflected by significant p values during analysis. Conclusion: The
above study concludes that application of guided MI improves functional gait performance in post stroke
patients as compared to conventional treatment alone, enhancing their functional independence and quality
of life.

Author Biography

Nikita Vishnu Sawant

M.P.Th (Neurophysiotherapy, Terna Physiotherapy College, Nerul, Navi Mumbai

Published

2020-10-16