Improving functional ability in stroke patients by improving movement impairments

Do improvements in a specific task used in massed practice therapy transfer to untrained tasks. This question was answered by Schaefer SY et al. from Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO, USA in Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 04/24/2013. The team aimed at showing that task-specific training is a viable approach for recovering motor function after stroke and also to help design task–specific training plans to maximize therapy benefits. The group found that for stroke patients with chronic mild to moderate hemiparesis the improvements in impairments achieved during task practice did transfer to untrained upper-extremity motor tasks e.g washing, feeding and dressing.



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