Mental Practice

Mental practice of tasks is a relatively new therapy that is receiving increasing attention within rehabilitation research. Mental practice can be defined as: ‘‘The repetition or rehearsing imagined motor acts with the intention of improving their physical execution’’(Malouin & Richards, 2010).

Practising a skill mentally is a potential  method to increase the amount of practice during rehabilitation in a safe way with relatively low costs. After initial learning, the mental practice technique can be practiced by the patient independent from the therapist, location and time of the day.