Thursday, October 12, 2006

Main beach at Byron Bay today after the market.
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Anonymous said...

Not all treatments work for everyone with CRPS including natural treatments, and that includes the mirror therapy, also known as Graded Motor Imagery. Even some people can't tolerate heat packs, and whilst working out the pacing, there is a "happy medium" to be established, where the CRPS sometimes does tell the patient thats enough. So these treatments listed here are what works for you, and your encouraging others to try them, but warn them they may not give them the satisfaction you get.

jeisea said...

Thank you for your comment. You make some good points. I had left out in the header to this post that these things work for me. This blog is about what works for me. I encourage sufferers to refer to their professionals for advice. Dr Lorimer Moseley employed a motor imagery program which was "two weeks each of hourly performance of a hand laterality recognition task, imagined hand movements and then mirror therapy."(notes from 8th International Physiotherapy Congress)Personally I did not follow that regime but just used a mirror as described. It really does work for me just using a mirror, hiding the painful part and watching the mirror image of the non painful part performing a movement that would be painful for the other part. I believe many physiotherapists use Dr Moseley's method which would undoubtedly be the best way to go. I contacted the authors of "Explain Pain" about how it could be applied to whole body or back, essentially body parts that cannot have a mirror image. David Butler, co author, indicated that research has been done on hands and feet at this stage. He did mention that it has been shown to work for pain after single sided mastectomy. You are right about heat packs. I can't always tolerate them. However for the times when I am able to use one heat sensation reaches the brain before a pain sensation and can reduce the perception of pain. Heat packs are also great for warming a very cold part. Pacing and graded exposure is very well explained in the "Explain Pain" book. will give you information about the book. Thank you again for your comment. I hope that if you find something here you think might help you, you discuss it with your therapist.

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