Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

James Bosco

Second Advisor

Scott Miller


This project was undertaken to explore the use of mirror therapy (MT) as a palliative for stroke patients and amputees experiencing phantom limb pain. MT is a relatively new treatment and while it has limited research, it is starting to be used more within the rehabilitation setting. Research suggests MT has beneficial effects occur with phantom limb pain as well as post-stroke patients. This study will explain the history, uses, and research behind MT not only as a form of therapy but also a non-medicinal pain reliever.

Included are interviews from physical therapists (PT) and occupational therapists (OT) along with their opinions and personal experience on the uses and benefits of MT. These interviews are a key component of this systematic review due to the real-world experiences the practitioners provide. Experiences from practitioners can either credit or discredit results found in the literature.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access