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ISSN : 2092-8475(Print)
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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.11 No.1 pp.2005-2011

Effect of Motor Imagery Training on Somatosensory Evoked Potentials and Upper Limb Function in Stroke Patients

Jongbae Choia,Jongeun Yangb
aKyung Hee University Medical Center, Seoul, Republic of Korea;
bBethesda Hospital Rehabilitation Center, Suwon, Republic of Korea


Background: Motor imagery is the mental representation of an action without overt movement or muscle activation. However, few previous studies have demonstrated motor imagery training effects as an objective assessment tool in patients with early stroke.
Objective: To investigate the effect of motor imagery training on Somatosensory Evoked Potentials (SSEP) and upper limb function of stroke patients. Design: A quasi-experimental study.
Methods: Twenty-four patients with stroke were enrolled in this study. All subjects were assigned to the experimental or control group. All participants received traditional occupational therapy for 30 minutes, 5 times a week. The experimental group performed an additional task of motor imagery training (MIT) 20 minutes per day, 5 days a week, for 4 weeks. Both groups were assessed using the SSEP amplitude, Fugl-Meyer assessment of upper extremity (FMA UE) and Wolf motor function test.
Results: After the intervention, the experimental group showed significant improvement in SSEP amplitude and FMA UE than did the control group.
Conclusion: These findings suggest that the MIT effectively improve the SSEP and upper limb function of stroke patients.