How to Cope with Pain website recently posted about Noi Group's limb laterality recognition program, "Recognize". The article gives links to research supporting the programs use. It is thought that a three step process of limb laterality recognition, followed by guided visualization and then mirror visual therapy gives optimum results.
I did not follow this process and began mirror therapy without the first two steps. However I've always performed physical therapy on both sides.
I have used the Recognize program more recently as I hoped it would help me with left/right recognition. I score poorly with the program tests in the most basic level. However I score much better with the more difficult levels where the hand or foot is in some kind of context. No amount of practising improves things for me.
Yesterday, after reading HTCWP's article I tried the Recognize program again. I was feeling good because I've just resolved a left sided flare up using mirror therapy again.
I also was thinking that I might do better at it as I was in much less pain.
Unfortunately this was not the case and within minutes of starting the test I experienced a major flare up in the same side as I'd just resolved. I stopped doing the test (after a couple of goes) and things settled slightly. A while later I started looking at my hands and saying "left" or "right" to myself. This caused the symptoms to worsen to a nauseating level.
Again I stopped. After a while I did mirror therapy again and with time the symptoms went.
The message for me is clear and is as my Ayurvedic doctor has said. Pain becomes worse when I focus on the area of pain. Doing the program was also stressful. I'm thinking that stress combined with memoey of pain brought on a a quickly catastrophizing set of symptoms. Taking my attention to other things helped ease the symptoms. Mirror therapy resolved them.
I wish to point out that this is what happened to me with my unique set of circumstances. It does not reflect on what could happen to someone else. It is also to be remembered I used the program after using mirror therapy(which works), and not before as has been suggested.
There is a link to the article in HTCWP to the left of this blog under "crps/rsd related articles".
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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