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.
Bovend'Eerdt, T. J. H., Dawes, H., Sackley, C., & Wade, D. T. (2012). Practical research-based guidance for motor imagery practice in neurorehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 34(25), 2192-2200. https://doi.org/10.3109/09638288.2012.676703