Practical research-based guidance for motor imagery practice in neurorehabilitation

T.J.H. Bovend'Eerdt*, H. Dawes, C. Sackley, D.T. Wade

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PURPOSE: The purpose of this appraisal is to offer guidance to clinicians on applying motor imagery in neurorehabilitation and provide guidance to support this process. METHOD: We used evidence from a variety of fields as well as clinical experience with motor imagery to develop guidance for employing motor imagery during neurorehabilitation. RESULTS: Motor imagery is a relatively new intervention for neurorehabilitation supported by evidence from areas such as cognitive neuroscience and sports psychology. Motor imagery has become a very popular intervention modality for clinicians but there is insufficient information available on how to administer it in clinical practice and make deliberate decisions during its application. CONCLUSIONS: We provide evidence-based guidance for employing motor imagery in neurorehabilitation and use the principles of motor learning as the framework for clinical application.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2192-2200
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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