Monday, October 16, 2006

Many physiotherapists can now offer a motor imagery and mirror therapy program.

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. Pacing and graded exposure is very well explained in the "Explain Pain" book. G. Lorimer Moseley and David Butler co authored this excellent book. www.noigroup.com will give you information.

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