Saturday, February 24, 2007

Ramachandran's mirror therapy for phantom limb pain on U tube.

Mirror therapy was first described by V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Centre for Brain and Cognition and Professor with the Psychology Department and the Neurosciences Program at the University of California, San Diego in 1953.
In Ramachandran's experiments mirror box therapy was used to relieve phantom limb pain.

Since then others have taken up the challenge. Mirror box therapy has been shown to also help relieve chronic pain and in particular pain from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

In Australia the NOI Group (Neuro Orthopeadic Institute) has done much work in this area and developed an inexpensive, simple, portable mirror box. This can be used in conjunction with their remarkable book, "Explain Pain". There is a link to a pod cast where David Butler, co author of "Explain Pain" talks about mirror therapy.

Mirror box therapy has really taken off in the UK as is obvious from my recent post where a major pharmaceutical company donated mirror boxes to UK pain clinics.

I placed links to a video of Ramachandran's early mirror box therapy, David Butler's podcast and the UK mirror box therapy site under "crps/rsd related articles" to the left of this blog. Click on the link to take you to the sites.

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