Immediate effects of unaffected arm exercise in poststroke patients with spastic upper limb hemiparesis.

@article{Sakamoto2014ImmediateEO,
  title={Immediate effects of unaffected arm exercise in poststroke patients with spastic upper limb hemiparesis.},
  author={Keiko Sakamoto and Takeshi Nakamura and Hiroyasu Uenishi and Yasunori Umemoto and Hideki Arakawa and Masahiro Abo and Ryuichi Saura and Hiroyoshi Fujiwara and Toshikazu Kubo and Fumihiro Tajima},
  journal={Cerebrovascular diseases},
  year={2014},
  volume={37 2},
  pages={
          123-7
        }
}
BACKGROUND Spasticity is a major disabling symptom in stroke patients. Clinically, one of the goals of management of stroke patients should be to reduce spasticity. Recent evidence suggests that motor recovery after stroke comprises a hierarchical, dynamic framework of interacting mechanisms in brain cortex. We hypothesized that unaffected arm exercise can stimulate the ipsilateral motor cortex and change the affected upper limb function and spasticity in stroke patients. To test the hypothesis… CONTINUE READING