Physical neurological rehabilitation and observation or imagery of a motor action

Published in J Neuroeng Rehabilitation Dr. Holper and colleagues from the  University Hospital Zurich Switzerland shed insight into how neural networks located in the primary and secondary motor areas are activated during observation or imagery of a motor action investigated during neurorehabilitative training by physical and occupational therapists. The physical rehabilitation techniques of observation, imagery and imitation is also know as the simulation hypothesis  The research was funded by the Swiss Society for Neuroscience (SSN), the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO).

Augmented motion feedback training with the HandTutor, ArmTutor and LegTutor is thought to utilize the action-observation system as described by the simulation hypothesis and motivates the patient to perform repetitive and controlled intensive exercise practice in order to improve functional rehabilitation outcomes.

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