Implementation of mirror therapy for upper limb motor function in stroke survivors on two levels of creative ability

Keywords: Mirror therapy, Vona du Toit’s Model of Creative Ability, mental impairments Stroke rehabilitation aimed at younger stroke survivors with severe impairments is needed. Mirror therapy is an effective tool within stroke rehabilitation, however is limited to those with fair to good mental functions. The aim was to determine the effectiveness of MT in upper limb motor function of stroke survivors with mental impairments on two different levels of the Vona du Toit’s Model of Creative Ability. This study consisted of 13 participants on the self-differentiation and self-presentation levels of Creative Ability. Participants were assessed and received mirror therapy during inpatient admission. Motor and mental functioning was re-assessed after mirror therapy. The results showed a significant improvement in voluntary movement of the affected upper limb, and a clinical significance in improvement of mental functioning was found in both groups after receiving mirror therapy. It was concluded that this tool is effective with acute inpatients when adapted accordingly.
A research report submitted to the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Johannesburg, 2018.
Mirror Therapy