EFFECT OF THERMAL STIMULATION IN SENSORIMOTOR RECOVERY OF UPPER LIMB AND LOWER LIMB IN PATIENTS WITH STROKE: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW
THERMAL STIMULATION IN SENSORIMOTOR RECOVERY OF UPPER LIMB AND LOWER LIMB IN PATIENTS WITH STROKE
Background AND AIM : The aim of the study was to present a review of studies that investigate the effects of thermal stimulation intervention on sensorimotor recovery in patients with stroke. METHOD: A database of articles published up to the year 2016 were compiled using the following pubmed key words: stroke, thermal stimulation, sensorimotor recovery. References listed in relevant publications were also screened. Studies that satisfied the following selection criteria were included: (1) patients were diagnosed with stroke;(2) effects of thermal stimulation in any form were investigated; (3) the outcome was measured in terms of sensory, motor and functional recovery; and (4) the study was a randomized clinical trial (RCT) or an experimental study. Result: The results were that thermal stimulation in any form is effective in improving the sensorimotor function of both upper as well as lower extremity as thermal stimulation enhances the corticomotor excitability and promotes neuroplasticity. Conclusion: This review of 5 studies provides support for the potential of thermal stimulation on sensorimotor recovery in stroke
Keywords:Thermal stimulation, stroke, sensorimotor
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