Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

ISSN 2055-2386

Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation in Stroke- Our Experience and an Overview

Ashu Bhasin1, Neha Kuthiala2, M V Padma Srivastava3 and Senthil S Kumaran4*

*Correspondence: Senthil S Kumaran

1. Consultant (Medical), Department of Neurology, AIIMS, New Delhi, India.

Author Affiliations

2. Research officer, Department of Neurology,AIIMS, New Delhi, India.

3. Head, Department of Neurology, AIIMS, New Delhi, India.

4. Professor, Department of NMR & MRI facility, AIIMS, New Delhi, India.


Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) have great therapeutic potential in diagnostic and interventional neuroscience, neurophysiology and psychiatry. These have emerged as a boon for stroke recovery in the last decade. TMS allows neurostimulation and neuromodulation, while tDCS purely converges in neuromodulation. This review on non invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) provides a comprehensive summary of the current evidence in stroke upper motor recovery with most robust reviews, recent trials included at, pubmed, CINAHL and other search engines. We also expand this review with our experience of both the interventional modalities for post stroke arm and hand function recovery. Our results show that NIBS works on neurophysiological principles of learning & plasticity and aids in motor performance when applied in different stages of stroke recovery.

Keywords: Non invasive stimulation, stroke, neural rehabilitation, upper limb recovery

ISSN 2055-2386
Volume 9
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