The American Pain Foundation's Pain Monitor October 2007 has an interesting article about virtual reality technology and its use in pain management. I've mentioned in previous posts about the research being carried out by the Interfaces Group in Manchester in the UK. The Utube video below shows this research in relation to phantom limb pain.
The research in Manchester is on going. As you can see by the video this research involves a device placed on the head and over the eyes. This setup produces a three dimensional experience for the participant. Research using this technology is aimed at helping both pain sufferers and stroke patients.
At Hadassah University Hospital in Israeli, Hadasit has begun a Phase II Study of the Virtual Reality (VR) system for the treatment of chronic pain and stroke rehabilitation. JERUSALEM BUSINESS WIRE reported that "the VR system employs a patent pending technology designed to utilize brain plasticity and enhance learning processes in patients who are unable to use their arms, hands or shoulders due to stroke or chronic pain." In a similar way to the Manchester trials patients are able to see themselves in real time doing pain free movements in a simulated a virtual environment. However this research does not involve the patient wearing equipment and the image is viewed on a plasma screen. As I understand it, this is two dimensional virtual reality and works just as well as mirror therapy with the advantage of not being confined to a single side. In other words believe you can use this for central or whole body problems which have been an issue with mirror therapy.
Utilizing what is known about the new science of pain management involving the concept of plasticity of the brain and its ability to be retrained, these virtual reality experiences activate mirror neurons (monkey see, monkey do) and induce a beneficial effect on the brain. Shimon Shiri, a rehabilitation psychologist at Hadassah and one of the inventor of this technology, in the CNN article linked to the American Foundation Newsletter explains how this reduces pain and increases function. "By viewing the movement of the arm without pain, the brain undergoes a corrective learning process."
You'll find the link to the American Pain Foundation's Monitor under "crps/rsd related articles" to the left of this blog. The newsletter has many excellent articles. I encourage you to read
"Managing pain: some things really do help" and "Chronic pain hits women harder" both of which refer to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
There's also a link to "Virtual reality as a rehabilitative technology for phantom limb experience".
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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