Prior to December last year, I would swing from one flare up to another in a different place with no break. Indeed, before I started doing mirror therapy I was alarmed by the fact that I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in both legs, achillies tendonitis in both lega, morton's neuroma in my right foot, bursitis in both upper thighs, rotator cuff tendinitis in my left shoulder and tennis elbow in my right arm. I just was overwhelmed by all these diagnoses. I know I have some mechanical issues which I deal with by physical therapy and orthotics in my shoes. Dealing with the pain is great but where there are mechanical issues you must address those weaknesses by therapy. Mechanical issues can develop as a flow on from other things such as postural change and weakness from chronic pain.
In the book "Explain Pain" by Dr Lorimer Moseley and David Butler there is a very good explanation of what they call "smudging the neurotag". In chapter 4 they talk about a change to the outer cortex of the brain which they describe as "smudging" brain areas normally for specific body parts or functions. They say, "the more chronic pain becomes, the more advanced the changes in the brain become". However this change is known to be reversable.
I believe when I watch the mirror image of my pain free leg moving in a way that would be painful for my other leg, I am reinforcing the "It's OK" message and reducing the smudging in the brain. Over time I am in less and less pain. I notice less muscle spasm and sometimes can feel muscles relax. Where my back is concerned I keep doing the leg exercises in front of the mirror for short periods and several times a day until the whole left side settles and also the back. I didn't think I could stop my back burning. I thought it would only work with a side but over time the back is relieved as well. Today my back is burning. I have used the mirror three times today and will continue to do so. I speculate that if I had upper back pain that using an arm to exercise instead of a leg might work. I base this on the fact that from time to time I forget to do arm exercises to strengthen a weakness that causes rotator cuff tendonitis. When the shoulder flares up so does the whole left side. Watching my right arm exercise in the mirror over time takes away the whole left side pain. First the left leg improves and about the same time my left face settles. If you can picture a reduction in pain from top and bottom gradually reducing to the primary cause which is my shoulder.
This has been a bit long winded in explanation. Please ask if I have not explained this well.
crps/rsd related articles
- Nursing Patients with CRPS/RSD
- Vitamin c and CRPS 2010
- Cleveland Clinic link - twin research
- Complex Regionaal Pain Syndrome and identical twins.
- Familial occurance of CRPS.
- Headache a risk factor for CRPS.
- Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and CRPS
- Brain change in chronic CRPS -Neuron
- Vitamin c as preventative for CRPS - Netherlands study 2007
- Vitamin C and CRPS study ARC Bristol
- BestBETs Best Evidence Topics - Hydrotherapy for Comples Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) of the foot and ankle
- Neurotopian - Matthias Weinberger's fantastic blog.
- hope-4crpsrsd - a Christian support group
- podcast - Australian Native Fruits bear sweet antioxidants.
- Explain Pain - David Butler's blog
- CRPS/RSD and Dentistry
- HTCwP - brain control of movement is altered in CRPS - study
- HTCwP - Self Compassion or Self Esteem
- Neuromatrix Training Blog
- Neurodynamics - Physical and Neural Health Blog
- Explain Pain Blog
- JB & JS report - Can Vitamin C Prevent Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Patients with Wrist Fractures?
- Matthais Weinberger's interview on "how to Cope with Pain" website.
- How to Cope with Pain - Ketamine Coma treatment for CRPS/RSD
- RSDHope - DVD set of three
- North Western University Feinburg School of Medicine "Old Memory Traces May trigger chronic pain."
- HOw to Cope with pain How Pain Affects Families -Tony's story.
- Prevention.com article -"Natural-Born Pain Killers"
- Brain control altered in movement with CRPS -How to Cope With Pain
- How to Cope With Pain - Asking for help.
- Hooshmand and Physical Therapy Part I
- Hooshmand and Physical Therapy Part II
- How to Cope with Pain on Recognize - Here's a way to get ready to move - with less pain.
- American Pain Foundation Booklet: Treatment Options - A Guide for People Living in Pain
- Preventing CRPS after surgery - International Research Foundation for RSD/CRPS
- How to Cope with Pain - great questions about Graded motor movements
- How to Cope with Pain - Recognize podcast
- How to Cope with Pain - Graded motor imagary
- How to Cope with Pain - Think & move & your pain will improve.
- How to Cope with Pain - CRPS - Can mirrors help?
- RSD Canada Online Survey Questionnaire
- For Grace web site
- For Grace Utube site
- How to Cope With Pain - Can mirrors help?
- Noi Group Australia
- Support groups help you cope with pain - HTCWP interview by National Pain Foundation
- How to Cope with Pain Mindfulness video from Utube.
- "How to Cope with Pain's" hilarious video.
- Jason's RSDS/CRPS News & Information blog
- BBC UK News - Vitamin C /crps study - "Mystery pain left me in a wheelchair"
- Dr Moseley's interview on How to Cope with Pain site.
- Virtual Reality as a Rehabilitative Technology for Phantom Limb Experience.
- UK mirror box therapy site.
- Ramachandran's mirror box video
- My interview on "How to Cope with Pain" website.
- Napp Pharmaceuticals donate mirror boxes - WebWire article
- How to Cope with Pain: A guide to coping with pain.
- Hooshmand and Physical Therapy Part II
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