In Norway, stroke is the third most common cause of death and the most common cause of disability in the elderly. Heart attack often leads to paralysis on one side of the body and about 80% of those who survive reduce movement in the arm or leg. One-third of patients with paralysis in the leg can help without help immediately after the battle, and approximately 80% with mild paralysis in their hands reaches the full post-rehabilitation function.
In the mirror therapy, a mirror is placed in front of the patient in a sagging environment. The patient sees a fresh hand in the mirror and the movement of the hand will create the notion of normal movement on the affected side. Research shows that the observation of motion and the implementation of motion falls within the same area of the brain cortex. This means that the movement of a fresh arm in the mirror activates both the hemisphere, including the half that "controls"
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