Imagining Grasping May Help Restore Hand Function in Spastic CP Children, Study Suggests

Children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (CP) have a preserved ability to imagine grasping with both hands, according to a new study.

The findings suggest that tapping into that ability during rehabilitation therapy could help recover hand function and upper limb movements in children with CP.

The research, “Explicit Motor Imagery for Grasping Actions in Children With Spastic Unilateral Cerebral Palsy,” appeared in the journal Frontiers in Neurology.

Children with unilateral CP, who have one side of their body affected by the movement disorder, have shown impairments in motor imagery (MI) — imagining a motor action without actually moving.

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