It is a method of therapeutic approach that is mainly addressed to hemiplegic patients. It can be used for the restoration of the upper and lower limbs. The use of a mirror that hides the affected arm or leg and reflects the healthy in the patient’s position, essentially “confuses” the brain that thinks that is watching the affected limb perform exercises. This way the diseased limb that is “hidden” behind the mirror tries to move like the healthy one that the brain sees as an image in the mirror.
This method in combination with other physiotherapy practices, has very good results in the rehabilitation of patients with hemiplegic syndrome.
(Ezendam, D.; Bongers, RM.; Jannink, MJ. (2009), “Systematic review of the effectiveness of mirror therapy in upper extremity function”, Disability Rehabilitation, 20 (May): 1–15)