Motor imagery: a backdoor to the motor system after stroke?

Nikhil Sharma, Valerie M. Pomeroy, Jean-Claude Baron

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Understanding brain plasticity after stroke is important in developing rehabilitation strategies. Active movement therapies show considerable promise but depend on motor performance, excluding many otherwise eligible patients. Motor imagery is widely used in sport to improve performance, which raises the possibility of applying it both as a rehabilitation method and to access the motor network independently of recovery. Specifically, whether the primary motor cortex (M1), considered a prime target of poststroke rehabilitation, is involved in motor imagery is unresolved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1941-1952
Number of pages12
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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