Mirror Box Therapy Used in Stroke Recovery

Did you know you can trick your brain?  When I had my stroke, I never heard of mirror therapy being used for stroke recovery, and certainly not a box designed for it.  Mirror therapy is a form of mental practice that involves using a mirror to reflect the image of  your stronger arm or leg in a way that makes it appear to be the weaker arm or leg.  Simple, and yet very effective.  Referred to as brain mapping, mirror visualization therapy (MVT) or visual feedback; basically, the brain is tricked to believe what is sees. The goal is to activate the parts of the brain that need to be stimulated in order to regain control of that affected arm or leg.

After my stroke, my neurologist and therapists kept telling me that the more I used my hand and leg (even if it was only visually), it would cause my brain to re-build new pathways.  At first I thought to myself “Yeah right”.  My hand was curled up and my arm pulled tight. It seemed hopeless.  Today, having full use of my hand & arm, I can attest this works.  Mirror therapy is something you can do yourself at home.  All you need is a mirror box and dedication to practice the treatment daily.

Stroke Rehabilitation

Studies have shown that Stroke rehabilitation can be dramatically improved by integrating physical and mental practice. Patients who have used Mirror Box Therapy have shown an improvement in the motor function and the rewiring of the brain.

Improve your stroke rehab today….

3 Comments on this article

  • Jninaspace September 23, 2011

    love it!!!! great video Valerie:)

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  • Valerie September 30, 2011

    Thank you. Do you use mirror therapy? It’s pretty amazing

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  • Hopeful March 28, 2012

    wow, that is awesome! Thank you so much for the hope and encouragement that video gave me for my father who had recently had a stroke with left side weakness. I have been researching therapies that may be helpful and I think this may be very helpful for him. I am ashamed to say but my father tells us that he is doing his work out, but yet we do not see him doing so and have seen him getting weak, but I think the issue is not so much that he is not doing the exercises but that he is not making the connection with his brain therefore we do not see the results.

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