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Continuing Education for Rehabilitation Professionals

A Motor Imagery Program

Lecture Name

A Motor Imagery Program     $224.63

This lecture is part of the following course:
Mirror Mirror on the Wall


This revolutionary course is designed for clinicians who have an interest in treating both neurovascular and musculoskeletal upper extremity dysfunction. Mirror imaging, or motor imagery, has been around for ages, but it has become more popular in recent years due to improved brain imaging — recent brain imagery measurement has been able to confirm a mirror neuron system in humans, which is involved in higher cognitive processes. This presentation is designed to discuss the physiological principles of mirror imaging and its application to treatment programs.

Following injury, sensory and motor retraining are of utmost importance in gaining functional control of the upper limbs. The course discusses ways to evaluate difficult problem areas in the upper extremity which may be contributing to dysfunctional motor planning. The clinician will learn to identify graphesthesia, stereognosis, localization and kinesthesia, and to develop treatment programs to regain UE function. At the end of this course, the clinician will have tools to take back to begin using immediately in their clinic.Exploring Hand Therapy

This presentation was originally produced by Exploring Hand Therapy.

Continuing education credits

  • This course is acceptable for credit in most states for PTs and PTAs. To see the full list of courses approved for continuing education in your state, visit our courses page and filter for "Physical Therapist" or "Physical Therapist Assistant" and your state of licensure.
  • AOTA: This program is offered for 0.75 CEUs, Intermediate Level:

    • Domain of OT: Client Factors.
    • Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation and Intervention.

    EDUCATA is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

  • NBCOT: 9.375 PDU (Course includes assessment component.)

Note: Post-test must be passed with a score of 80% or more in order to receive certificate of completion.

Contact Hours: 7.50


Difficulty: Intermediate

Goals & Objectives:

At the completion of this lecture, the learner will be able to:

  1. Define mirror imaging/motor imaging.
  2. Explain the basic concept of motor planning.
  3. Identify the physiological principles underlying mirror imaging.
  4. Apply the concepts of mirror imaging to the orthopedic/neurological upper extremity patient.
  5. Design effective treatment program for difficult upper extremity problems, including focal dystonia.
  6. Develop a treatment program for CRPS, degenerative diseases, musculoskeletal problems, phantom limb pain, peripheral and neural insult, as well as chronic pain.
  7. Identify the three sequences of a Graded Motor Imagery Program and grade progress of GMIP for the upper extremity patient.


The professor of this course has NOT endorsed or received any compensation from the manufacturers or distributors of any of the materials discussed in this presentation.

Financial: Dr. Stralka is the owner of Allied Health Therapeutic Solutions, a physical therapy clinic in Germantown, Tennessee, and a paid consultant to several Memphis-area clinics. She has also served as a guest lecturer in physical therapy and clinical intructor of orthopedics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and a clinical instructor of physical therapy at the University of Mississippi. She receives compensation from EDUCATA and Exploring Hand Therapy as the professor of this course.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Stralka has done research and written articles about ruptures of the proximal biceps tendon, post-traumatic hand edema, repetitive stress injuries, spinal cord injuries, thoracic outlet syndrome, regional pain syndrome, management of hand and wrist pain at the worksite, and graded motor imagery.

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