Mirror Box Therapy & NEUROPLASTICITY Following Stroke

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Mirror box therapy can be utilized in conjunction with other therapies to help stroke patients retrain their brain, regain function and improve their overall quality of life. When a stroke patient puts his weakened hand in the mirror box, and moves his strong hand, the mirror provides a reflection of the stronger hand, thus giving the illusion that movement is occurring in the hand affected by the stroke. This activates mirror neurons in the premotor cortex of the brain. In other words, the mirror tricks the mind and the weak hand into working better. Studies have shown that patients who have used Mirror Box Therapy show an improvement in motor function and in the rewiring of the brain.

Neuroplasticity refers to the potential of the brain to reorganize by creating new neural pathways to adapt. This reorganization allows for positive functional improvements after a stroke. The brain is more flexible than we’ve ever thought before and it is constantly optimizing itself. It has the potential to reorganize itself by transferring cognitive abilities from one area to another. After a stroke, for instance, your brain can reorganize itself to move functions to undamaged areas. Mirror Box Therapy takes advantage of this potential.

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Hemiparesis Living Care, Rehabilitation Recovery, Safety: Includes Care for living with : One Side Partial Paralysis or Muscle Weakness, Footdrop or Spasticity resulting from Head Injury or Stroke
Home Care and Safety, Rehabilitation exercises,associated conditions, problem areas, treatment options, behavioral, emotional consequences, realistic goals, future expectations, resources, brain training and safety practices are covered. Safety and care at home of those affected is the primary focus. This book compiles researching current health care practices emphasizing safety with reviewing valuable lessons learned and studied in over 30 years since the author 'awoke' from a coma, revealing his own partial paralysis or hemiparesis and beginning the road back through rehabilitation and subsequent successful life an an engineer and self growth author