Friday, October 16, 2009

More people talking about mirror therapy

Diane Jacobs twittered about this. Diane has some very interesting tweets. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to re organize itself. The brain creates new neural pathways which allow  it to compensate for injury etc. Recently the TV series House demonstrated this by using mirror therapy to stop phantom limb pain. 

There has been so much interest shown since this episode that CNN did a feature called

Brain mirror therapy CNN interviews Dr Sanjay Jupta.
This follows on from an earlier report For amputees an unlikely painkiller: mirrors. 
At the Walter Reed Center for Veterans mirror therapy is now offered routinely. Dr. Jack Tsao, a Navy neurologist with the Uniform Services University says"this treatment has the potential to benefit amputees worldwide, and the best part is, no special training is required to do it. He gives interested parties instructions over the phone or by e-mail."

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