Mirror therapy appears to stimulate specific cortical regions of the brain, associated with sensorimotor control.
Why this matters
Mirror therapy (MT) is a psychophysiological technique used in the recovery of patients who have experienced stroke or other form of motor impairment. Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is an easy-to-use method to measure cerebral activation and neuron behavior.
Use of fNIRS during mirror therapy is a useful means of cortical map generation and the understanding of how external stimuli are represented in the brain. Understanding neuron representation to activity-dependent effects may provide information for more effective management of patients undergoing motor recovery after stroke.