Motor imagery is a new, innovative, therapy technique in which a person simply imagines, or creates an image, of themselves doing a certain activity. By doing this, the person is then better able to actually preform the activity.
This may sound like a fairy tale but recent studies have been able to prove that motor imagery can have profound benefits on physical therapy patients.
Motor imagery is done by having a therapist describe in great detail the patient performing of a specific activity that they are not currently be able to do, such as walk. The therapist describes to the patient exactly what they see, feel and even smell while the patient closes their eyes and imagines going through the activity. According to studies, using this technique can help certain qualified patients have a better and faster recovery.