Effects of motor imagery after cerebrovascular accident.


  • Paula Martínez-Misa Faculty of Physiotherapy. University of Vigo. Spain
  • Yoana González-González Faculty of Physiotherapy. University of Vigo. Spain
  • Alejandra Alonso Calvete Faculty of Education and Sports Sciences. University of Vigo. Spain
  • Iria Da Cuña-Carrera Faculty of Physiotherapy. University of Vigo. Spain




physical therapy, rehabilitation, motor Imaginery, neurology, stroke




Introduction: After a stroke, approximately 80% of patients suffer from different types of motor disorders. The rehabilitation of these injuries is a therapeutic challenge for which there are different therapies, some of them emerging, among which motor imagery stands out. This treatment presents potential benefits for the early rehabilitation of acquired motor deficits. Since motor imaging is a recent therapy, the objective of this work is to gather the most current scientific literature about motor imaging in patients who have suffered a stroke.

Methods: A literature search has been carried out according to PRISMA standards in PubMed, Cinhal, Cochrane, Medline, Scopus, PEDro, Web of Science and SPORTDiscus databases with the keywords "Stroke", "Imagery" and "Physical Therapy".

Results: 15 articles were finally selected for the review, with similar results regarding the benefits that motor imagery brings to rehabilitation in patients after stroke, analyzing the effects of this treatment in both upper and lower limbs or in walking.

Conclusions: Motor imaging has significant benefits in the rehabilitation of patients after stroke, either alone or in combination with other conventional therapies.


Key words: Physical therapy. Rehabilitation. Motor Imaginery. Neurology. Stroke.



How to Cite

Martínez-Misa, P. ., González-González, Y. ., Alonso Calvete, A., & Da Cuña-Carrera, I. . (2021). Effects of motor imagery after cerebrovascular accident . Archivos De Neurociencias, 26(2), 40–45. https://doi.org/10.31157/an.v26i2.279



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