Neurorestorative Effects of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy after Stroke: An Integrative Review

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Stroke has been considered as one of the main causes of death and of motor and cognitive sequels. Especially, many patients with upper limb hemiparesis improved their motor action and showed meaningful cortical changes after treatment with constraint-induced movement therapy. Therefore, this review aims to verify the literature about neuroimaging and behavioral evidences in the cortical reorganization through the use of the constraint-induced movement therapy. So, we conducted the literature research in indexed journals from many databases like Pubmed, Medline, Cochrane Database, Lilacs and Scielo. We concluded that the behavioral and neuroimaging studies using traditional and modified constraint-induced movement therapy promote cortical reorganization.

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M. Lucas, P. Ribeiro, M. Cagy, S. Teixeira, F. Chaves, D. Carvalho, C. Peressutti, S. Machado, J. Bittencourt, B. Velasques and R. Piedade, "Neurorestorative Effects of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy after Stroke: An Integrative Review," Neuroscience and Medicine, Vol. 4 No. 4, 2013, pp. 253-262. doi: 10.4236/nm.2013.44036.

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