In response to Barbara's recent question about how to find practitioners or teachers of the new brain science methods such as mirror therapy, I have been searching for a directory listing possible therapists. I contacted the NOI Group about this some time ago. Even here in Australia the is no register. In my own experience I've found physiotherapists who have had training with Dr Lorimer Moseley and yet do not use the methods in practice. So having a list of trained practitioners will not necessarily guarantee they put into practice what they've learned.
However the NOI Group, Neuro Orthopedic Institute of Australasia, http://www.noigroup.com/ provides wonderful resources which you can access directly from them on line. Click here for a list of resources including graded motor imagery, limb laterality recognition software, and neurodynamic techniques dvd.
NOI Group has courses in 2009 in the USA
Mobilization of the Nervous System Chicago, IL Robert Johnson
14-15 March, 2009
Mobilization of the Nervous System Elkridge, MD Adriaan Louw
28-29 March, 2009
Mobilization of the Nervous System ST. Louis, MO Adriaan Louw
4-5 April, 2009
Mobilization of the Nervous System Las Vagus, NV Adriaan Louw
6-7 June, 2009
I suggest if you are interested in finding a practitioner who uses these methods that you print out my post and other information from previous posts. I then suggest you speak with your physical therapist or pain management clinic. Ask them if they are aware of the new understanding of brain plasticity and how it relates to pain management. Encourage them to go to training if in their area. Don't think less of them if they don't know as no one can be expected to know everything. Provide them with information and links to research. Encourage them to find out more and so you can work out what to do together.
Many practitioners will be too busy or disinclined to help. If that happens then you can access the NOI Group materials yourselves. "Explain Pain" is a good beginning as it explains very simply about pain and the brain.
Read about mirror therapy and work it out for yourself as I did. Tell your practitioner what you plan to do and get any advice. They can help even if they don't really know much about it. Our Aussie dollar is very low compared with the US dollar. This will make buying resources from Australia very cheap.
I'm giving you the link to the American Association of Intergrative Medical Practitioners.
You can contact the association from this website. They have a list of members. I suggest you contact the association and ask for members in your area. I found a link to this website on the NOI Group site so it's possible they have provided training to this group.
There's a conference in 2009. You could encourage your practitioners to find out if this conference has new brain science as topics.
Finally, I know the doctor who is a pain management specialist and has the website How to Cope with Pain uses these methods. Personal experience with patience gives her the edge in presenting a very informative website.
I hope this is of some help. I'm sorry I can't help you further.
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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