Friday, July 31, 2009

Mirror Neuron System in rehabilitation.

The Role of the Mirror Neuron System in Rehabilitation with Mirror Therapy following Middle Cerebral Artery Infarction - a pilot fMRI study -was published late 2006.
Although it was a small study the results did show that Mirror Visual feedback or mirror therapy seems to recruit the mirror neuron system more than normal movement observation and can facilitate motor recovery. In addition, MVF possibly can modify the body scheme located in the visual cortex.
© 2006 Rothgangel et al; licensee . This is an Open Access article: verbatim copying and redistribution of this article are permitted in all media for any purpose, provided this notice is preserved along with the article's original URL.
http://www.egms.de/en/meetings/gmds2006/06gmds391.shtml

Thursday, July 30, 2009

How to Cope with Pain has posted its July blog carnival.

Neurotropian has an outstanding series of posts about Mirror Therapy.

Matthias Weinberger has the blog Neurotropian. He is a Physiotherapist extraordinaire in my opinion, is passionate about the new science of pain management and promotes awareness and educates in this brilliant blog. Matthias is also a very talented photographic artist. I encourage you to bookmark his site and visit often. I go back and read his posts several times as there is so much information and good sense in them.

Neurotropian blog has a series of invaluable posts about
"mirror therapy". I recommend you watch the video of Ramachandran before Mirror Box Therapy Part I.

  • Mirror Box Therapy Part I describes how easily the brain can be changed by vision. Click on rotating spiral to show you how. He presents the science of "Somatosensory maps being re-modeled so that the pain is gone (forever)" because the brain is restructured. Please note that from my observation, if pain returns as soon as you stop mirror therapy, there may be an ongoing pathology or mechanical problem which needs addressing. Note the fantastic results with Iraq veterans in Walter Reid trials.

  • Mirror Box Therapy Part II talks again of the brain's plasticity. With his gift for making the difficult seem simple Mathias helps us understand just how our brain can change in ways that benefit us.
  • Mirror Box Therapy Part III talks about the virtual body in the brain and distortion of images. In my case if I've had pain for a long time my image of my body part becomes distorted eg I become convinced that my leg is swollen. Measuring shows me that it's not but in my mind it is. Mirror therapy stops the pain and returns the image in my brain to normal. Again this section is interesting and explained in such a way that it is easy to understand.
  • Mirror Box Therapy Part IV specifically talks about CRPS and mentions the limb laterality left/right recognition problem. This is the best explanation I've found about this. In previous posts I talked about Noi Group's Recognize program. I think the cards they now have would have been much better for me as I have a big problem with recognizing left and right hands. This post is devoted to feedback from the body to the brain and is most important. I recommend you take time and read this section.
  • Mirror Box Therapy Part V has some really good links. Hubmed is brilliant. I've bookmarked a number of other links thanks to Neurotopian.
  • Mirror Box Therapy Part VI - as the expression goes "from pain to possibilities". This section is just fascinating. Read it and bookmark "Neurotopian" in your favourites. I'll be checking regularly and hope at some point there will be the opportunity to get updates by email as you can with Blogger.
  • Mirror Box Therapy Part VII covers frequently asked questions. It provides answers about side effects, lengths of sessions, where to get boxes and what to do.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"The success of mirror therapy is not just a case of mind over matter but a measurable change in neural activity."

© 2006 Rothgangel et al; licensee . This is an Open Access article: verbatim copying and redistribution of this article are permitted in all media for any purpose, provided this notice is preserved along with the article's original URL.

"Mirror therapy or Mirror Visual Feedback (MVF) has shown positive effects in several diseases, as phantom pain, stroke, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
During movement observation using MVF a significant increase in cerebral blood flow was observed in the ventral premotor cortex and, activation in the visual cortex was lateralized opposite to the seen hand.This led to the conclusion that MVF seems to recruit the mirror neuron system more than normal movement observation and can facilitate motor recovery. In addition, MVF possibly can modify the body scheme located in the visual cortex."

These cells or "mirror neurons" were discovered around 1990 in the laboratory of Giacomo Rizzolatti, a neuroscientist at the University of Parma, Italy. Researchers in the laboratory had been studying brain activity in macaque monkeys.
The monkey brain contains a special class of cells, called mirror neurons, that fire when the animal sees or hears an action and when the animal carries out the same action on its own. Monkey see, monkey do.

The human brain has multiple mirror neuron systems that specialize in carrying out and understanding not just the actions of others but their intentions, the social meaning of their behavior and their emotions and pain. Have you ever "felt" it when you saw someone take a rough tackle in football?

It is this aspect of motor neuron activity that is thought to come into play when mirror therapy is used to treat pain and symptoms in CRPS.

The success of Mirror Therapy is not a just a case of mind over matter but a measurable change in neural activity.

The discovery of mirror neurons is revolutionising understanding of how the mind works.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mirror therapy and RSD/CRPS - rsdcrpsfire explains what she does.

MDJunction, people helping people, has a forum The Reflex Sympathetic Support Group.

Group leader, rsdcrpsfire explains what she does with mirror therapy. It's similar in method using the mirror but differs from what I do in the time aspect. I only use the mirror for a very short period. I also focus on the exact area of injury eg if it's from my shoulder and down the arm but i know it's coming from the shoulder then I focus on th shoulder.

It's great to see someone explaining what they do. I hope to see how effective the therapy is for rsdcrpsfire.

Monday, July 27, 2009

A little bit of happiness.

Pain killers - naturally.

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be."
This Karen Raven quote holds true for people with chronic pain.


Life, as they say, is not a rehearsal. We get one go at it. The choices we make direct out path in life. I choose happiness.


Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers, and produces a general sense of well-being. The threshold of pain is raised during and for a short period of time after laughter.

Laughter also engages various parts of the brain. Perhaps this is one reason people often find that a good dose of laughter can be followed by a burst of creativity.

We know that by making positive affirmations pain perception can be reduced by up to an amazing two thirds.
(Conversely, you can actually increase pain perception by focusing on negative aspects and fearing your pain.)

These findings make perfect sense to me. I know when I talk about how I'm feeling, I feel worse. When I'm having fun I feel better. Now I know I can actually change the inputs which bring about a change in the brain, I'll be more aware of how I think and feel. I'll also be dedicating more time to "actively seeking happiness" and strive to see "the glass half full."

I encourage you to expand your knowledge, reach to grow. Only by seeking information can you go forward. By looking the way will become clear. I encourage you to dare to dream of a better life. "As much as I dream can I be".

"Natural Born Pain killers" explains the research behind this thinking.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mirror therapy links

Mirror therapy is now becoming widely used as a treatment for complex regional pain syndrome. You'll find links to website and research to the right of this blog under "mirror therapy".

The first link mirror box therapy will take you to the UK website which has great information and also sells mirror boxes - recommended.

Neurotropian
has a series of posts about mirror therapy which provide a wealth of information - recommended.

Noi Group is the Australian connection. They also have mirror boxes and the remarkable book "Explain Pain" - recommended

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Steve told me hyperbaric oxygen helped his CRPS symptoms.

I've been told by others who have been helped by hyperbaric oxygen. We know oxygen is involved in chronic pain pathways. If you are interested read what HBOT of Arizona has to say about research into HBOT for CRPS.

I believe the best and safest way to get nutrients is through food.

The Journal of the American Medical Association has reported findings of Dutch research into the effect of antioxidant supplements on mortality from 68 randomized trials with 232 606 participants. It was found that beta carotene, vitamin A and vitamin E, increased mortality.

Please notice that at present vitamin C is considered safe as it's water soluable. Even so, the best and safest way to get nutrients such as antioxidants, I believe, is through food.
My reasoning is that food comes in unique packages which provide the right combination of nutrients for the optimum use by the body.

I am personally convinced that increasing antioxidants in diet could help us with crps. My reasoning is that crps is stressful (not to mention all the other stressors in our lives). Stress, whether from pain, environmental or emotional causes, makes us oxidize. Oxidation is normal but too much produces excessive amounts of free radicals. Some free radicals cause inflammation (one problem with crps). Antioxidants demolish free radicals.

Antioxidants are thought to be most effective when consumed together. a synergistic benefit.
The best way to go is to get a range of free radicals and the very best way to get them is through food. Just how to improve diet to increase antioxidant intake is what I'm working on at present.

Very briefly

  • Smart eaters consume all the carotinoids. Carotenoids create the colour in plants.Reds & yellows signifiy immune boosting carotinoids.
  • We are advised that a recommended healthy diet contains 5 veg & 2 fruit of mixed colours, 40%of diet fruit & veg, 500gm of fruit & veg daily.This of course depends on whether you have fresh or dried etc.
  • Each day eat one of each colour group, red, orange, yellow, blue/purple and white.
  • Mix colours in every meal but always try to include green and orange. The deeper the colour the higher nutrient value.
Canned or frozen fruit and veg are, I think, just as nutritious as fresh. (check additives eg sugar & salt)

I personally increase the vitimin C foods when I have acute flare ups. I also take a supplement before dental work or with nerve firing acute flare ups. I don't give this as advise.

Some supplements interfere with drugs so seeking advice is best.

So far research has been done proving vitamin C can prevent crps from developing from surgery etc. See previous posts. I do not know of any research showing vitamin C as a treatment for crps but it has been suggested in light of its preventative qualities. To me it makes sense that extra vitamin C together with other antioxidants would be helpful if only in controlling inflamation. This is my personal opinion, not a recommendation. I do not offer this as advice.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Something to think about.

If a lack of mirror neurons can be responsible for a lack of empathy as in the case of autism, then it is possible that varying numbers of neurons is responsible for our degree of empathy. Now some think that having a large number of these empathy sensing mirror neuron might explain the intuitive nature of some people and the ability of some to have "insites".

Questions I'd like answers for are how does this relate to sufferers of crps? Do we possess a large amount of some of these neurons and could this explain how pain spreads? I know this sounds a bit far fetched but think about it. It is not only seeing something that activates mirror neurons. Hearing and smelling can too. It is known that mirror visual feedback activates these mirror neurons and can change a pain message in the brain. Can a pain message be triggered by pain message activating these mirror neurons? Researchers know about the virtual body in the brain. They now know that it isn't a fixed picture but has plasticity. That means it can change.

The next thing I want to know is how does this tie in with oxygen? There's a lot known about tissue hypoxia and crps and antioxidants bringing about homeostasis etc. Is there a connection?Something to think about.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Support group for CRPS/RSD Eggertsville NY

Lynda has a support group for CRPS/RSD. They meet every 2nd Thursday at 10am and every 4th Monday at 7pm at St Paul's Lutheran Church - 4007 Main St, Eggertsville NY 14226 Contact Lynda - 716-896-0771 or email rosieo335@yahoo.com.

They''re having a special meeting in Sept open to chronic pain suffers. We're having a guest speaker Dr Waghmarae. The meeting will be on Tues Sept 22 at 7pm.

Support grooups for CRPS/RSD

I just created a link list of support groups for CRPS/RSD. Just scroll down on the right of this blog.

Please leave a comment if you have a support group to add to this list. People often ask me where to go for help. Support groups are a great way to find information and make friends. They support people with CRPS, their families and friends.

When visiting a group it's wise to keep personal information private as with other areas of the internet. Caution is advised.

Phytochemicals found in plants and zoochemicals found in animal products have great antioxidant effects.

Better health Victorian Government article says "phytochemicals found in plants and zoochemicals found in animal products are believed to have greater antioxidant effects than either vitamins or minerals."

Wheat is the most important cereal crop in the world and in its natural unrefined state, features a host of important nutrients. Dr R H Liu of Cornell University, New York, reported that, "whole wheat contains many powerful phytonutrients". Bound phytochemicals were the major contributors to the total antioxidant value.

Phenols, unique phytonutrients found in prunes, are damage preventing substances effective in neutralizing a particularly dangerous oxygen radical. An excellent source of beta carotene, prunes help prevent oxygen based damage to fats. As well as these benefits, potassium in prunes lowers blood pressure and fiber helps to normalize blood sugar.

Sunsweet Dry Fruits note that a recent study from Tufts University in Boston "ranked the antioxidant value of commonly eaten fruits and vegetables using an analysis called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbency Capacity). Prunes topped the list with more than twice the antioxidant capacity as other high-scoring fruits such as blueberries and rasins."

World's Healthiest Foods has heaps of information and recipes. Recommended reading.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Those interested in Dr Lorimer Moseley may be interested in this Catalyst program.

How can your brain disown your leg? ABC's Catalyst program examines body identity with experiments by Dr Lorimer Moseley.

Vitamin C can prevent development of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome after wrist fractures.

This is of particular interest to me as had this information been known at the time of my wrist fracture in 1998, this simple, inexpensive treatment could have prevented my nines years of pain.

The Lancet in December 1999 reported that doctors at Leyenburg Hospital, The Hague, The Netherlands in a prospective, double-blind study showed that vitamin C was associated with a lower risk of RSD after wrist fractures. They hypothesized that this beneficial effect of prophylaxis would be useful in other forms of trauma.

Researchers at Centre Hospitalier, Rue Marcellin Berthelot, 02 000 Laon, France found that the incidence of reflex sympathetic dystrophy was five time times lower in a group give vitamin C orally for 45 days from the start of the fracture. They considered that this supported previous observations and lent credibility to the value of vitamin C administration as a prophylactic measure to prevent the occurrence of reflex sympathetic dystrophy in patients who undergo surgical treatment of a displaced fracture of the distal radius.

In July 2007 the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery reported that Drs Zollinger, Tuinebreijer, Breederveld and Kreis, Department of Surgery, Red Cross Hospital, Beverwijk, The Netherlands had conducted a randomized, controlled, multicenter dose-response study into whether vitamin C can prevent the development of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in patients with wrist fractures.

The study concluded that Vitamin C reduces the prevalence of complex regional pain syndrome after wrist fractures. A daily dose of 500 mg for fifty days was recommended recommended.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Antioxidants and free radicals - a matter of balance

The Journal of the American Medical Association has reported findings of Dutch research into the effect of antioxidant supplements on mortality from 68 randomized trials with 232 606 participants. It was found that beta carotene, vitamin A and vitamin E, increased mortality.

Please notice that at present vitamin C is considered safe as it's water soluable.

It is important to remember that antioxidants give an electron to a free radical to make it safe but in so doing become themselves free radicals.
It is wisest to consume a mix of antioxidants in order to maintain a balance.


The best and safest way to get nutrients such as antioxidants, I believe, is through food. My reasoning is that food comes in unique packages which provide the right combination of nutrients for the optimum use by the body.

I am personally convinced that increasing antioxidants in diet could help us with CRPS/RSD. My reasoning is that CRPS is stressful (not to mention all the other stressors in our lives). Stress, whether from pain, environmental or emotional causes, makes us oxidize. Oxidation is normal but too much produces excessive amounts of free radicals. Some free radicals cause inflamation (one problem with crps). Antioxidants demolish free radicals.

Antioxidants are thought to be most effective when consumed together.
The best way to go is to get a range of free radicals and the very best way to get them is through food. Just how to improve diet to increase antioxidant intake is what I'm working on at present.

Very briefly

  • Smart eaters consume all the carotinoids. Carotenoids create the colour in plants.Reds & yellows signify immune boosting carotinoids.
  • We are advised that a recommended healthy diet contains 5 veg & 2 fruit of mixed colours, 40%of diet fruit & veg, 500gm of fruit & veg daily.This of course depends on whether you have fresh or dried etc.
  • Each day eat one of each colour group, red, orange, yellow, blue/purple and white.
  • Mix colours in every meal but always try to include green and orange. The deeper the colour the higher nutrient value.
Canned or frozen fruit and veg are, I think, just as nutritious as fresh. (check additives eg sugar & salt)

I personally increase the vitimin C foods when I have acute flare ups. I also take a supplement before dental work or with nerve firing acute flare ups. I don't give this as advise.

Some supplements interfere with drugs so seeking advice is best.

So far research has proven vitamin C can prevent crps from developing from surgery etc. See previous posts. I now know of any research into using vitamin C as a treatment for CRPS/RSD. To me it makes sense that extra vitamin C together with other antioxidants would be helpful if only in controlling inflamation. This is my personal opinion, not a recommendation. I do not offer this as advice.

I've nearly finished putting together my thoughts and plan about "eating smart" and will post more soon.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Free radicals are possibly the mediators of mechanisms leading to some of the neurological symptoms of CRPS/RSD.

First suggested by Sudeck in 1942, Dutch researchers' studies supported the theory that oxygen derived free radicals are possibly the mediators of mechanisms leading to some of the neurological symptoms of CRPS. They found
  • high oxygen supply with tissue hypoxia in CRPS extremities;
  • a diminished oxygen availability to the skeletal muscle tissue affected by chronic CRPS;
  • and several deficiencies in the skeletal muscles of CRPS sufferers.
Studies in Holland have centered around free radical scavengers as treatment for CRPS. There are many ongoing studies with DMSO, NAC in Holland.

This is supported by research in Israel serum and salivary oxidative analysis in complex regional pain syndrome.

Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants.

Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Although there are several enzyme systems within the body that scavenge free radicals, the principle micronutrient (vitamin) antioxidants are vitamin E, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. Additionally, selenium, a trace metal that is required for proper function of one of the body's antioxidant enzyme systems, is sometimes included in this category. The body cannot manufacture these micronutrients so they must be supplied in the diet.

Vitamin E : nuts, seeds, vegetable and fish oils, whole grains (esp. wheat germ), fortified cereals, and apricots.

Vitamin C : Ascorbic acid is a water soluble vitamin present in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, cantaloupe, kiwi, and strawberries.

Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A (retinol) and is present in liver, egg yolk, milk, butter, spinach, carrots, squash, broccoli, yams, tomato, cantaloupe, peaches, and grains. (NOTE: Vitamin A has no antioxidant properties and can be quite toxic when taken in excess.)

Research now shows that we can substantially affect the level of anti-oxidants in our bodies by eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

Google "antioxidants for crps" to learn more.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Oxygen is involved in chronic pain pathways.

Oxygen, or lack of oxygen is involved in chronic pain pathways. Substance p is one of many neurotransmitters involved in clinical pain syndromes such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Neurotransmitters transmit information across synapses. When released neurotransmitters either help or hinder electrical impulses along nerve fibers.

Substance p's relationship with oxygen deficit is well known. Oxygen deficit triggers the release of substance p. Experiments have shown that decreasing tissue oxygen concentrations increases release of substance p. The amount of substance p is relative to the level of hypoxia or put simply, the lower the amount of oxygen, the higher the amount of substance p.

It is already known that tissue hypoxia and an increase in skin lactate levels occur in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Oxygen free radical scavengers such as vitamin C reduce the pain of CRPS and bring about local oxygen homeostasis, inhibiting the release of substance p. Topical capsaicin (made from chillis) cream inhibits the release of substance p by increasing oxygen delivery. This, in essence, is merely a simplified explanation. See oxygen view of pain Majid Ali for a more detailed explanation.

Dr Majid Ali recommends what he calls limbic breathing which he describes as a "vigorous type of breathing with a long out breath". My physiotherapist and my intergrative medicine doctor also recommend a the type of breathing where the out breath is longer or twice as long as the in breath. This type of breathing, I believe, activates the parasympathetic nervous system bringing about a sense of calm and thus helping us to better
cope with pain. Now I also realise that this style of breathing has the added benefit of encouraging increased oxygen intake.

For chronic pain sufferers it's important to remember to breathe.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pranayama - alternate nostril breathing can be a powerful way to quickly relax the nervous system

Medical science has just discovered the nasal cycle, known to yogis for thousands of years. The first mention in the western hemisphere of a lateralized periodic process was in the work by Dr. R.German rhinologist, in 1895. Dr Kayser found what resembled a periodic rhythm of nostril passage. Dr Kayser suggested that laterality of nostril dominance was part of a larger schema where one lateral side of the body was somehow innervated or de-innervated. Prior to 1895, the Aryan descendants in the Indus valley studied the nasal cycle (Hatha Yoga Pradipika, trans. 1893; Iyengar, 1988). They not only took note of the process, but also had enlarged upon Dr Kayser's theory of lateral innervation.

The doctrine of collateral activation was taken a bit farther by the ancient sages, to include arousal of the brain hemispheres. Yogic sages thought that forced lateralized breathing through one nostril, would effect a selective activation of one brain hemisphere over another.
It would appears that nostril dominance originates from the brain itself.


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8063547?dopt=AbstractPlus

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3449485?ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_DiscoveryPanel.Pubmed_Discovery_RA&linkpos=2&log$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed

The nasal cycle is an ultradian rhythm involving alternating breathing of the left and right nostrils,. It is known to have a cycle of two to eight hours (Keuning, 1968; Shannahoff-Khalsa, 1991). The nasal cycle is controlled by sympathetic/parasympathetic innervation of the nasal mucosa. When sympathetic activity to one side dominates, the result is vaso-constriction and thus decongestion on that side, while the enhanced parasympathetic activity on the other side simultaneously results in congestion (Keuning, 1968; Stocksted, 1953). Hence while the nasal cycle is regulated by the autonomic nervous system, it in turn influences the autonomic nervous system mechanism

Researchers at Nepal Medical College in Kathmandu measured the physiological effects of alternate nostril breathing (Nadi Sodhana ). They found significant increases in peak expiratory flow rate (exhale) and pulse pressure and decreases in heart rate, respiratory rate, and diastolic blood pressure.

There is no doubt that alternate nostril breathing can be a powerful way to quickly relax the nervous system, shifting the balance from sympathetic side to the more restorative parasympathetic. By slowing the breath, lengthening the exhalation, and pausing briefly after the exhalation, all tend to shift the balance towards the parasympathetic side.

In other words regular practice of alternate nostril breathing increases parasympathetic activity.

Yoga Journal's medical Editor, Dr Timothy McCall talks about this in Part two of a three part series on "Yoga for chronic Pain"http://www.yogajournal.com/for_teachers/2561

My physiotherapist had suggested a long time ago that I do this style of breathing. At the time I was very hypersensitive and touching my face to close over a nostril was extremely uncomfortable. I know realize that I should have disregarded the unpleasant feeling for two reasons. One, the more I touched my face the less uncomfortable it would be and two, activating the parasympathetic nervous system is very beneficial for someone with CRPS/RSD. It calms and reduces pain.

My Intergrative Medical practitioner recently again suggested I practice this breathing, especially when agitated and in more pain. He explained that one nostril works on the sympathtic nervous system and the other the parasympathetic nervous system. He told me that there is a cycle of about 3 hours. Every 3 hours or so they switch sides sothat the side that was sympathetic became parasympathetic and so on. This style of breathing is very helpful for those, like sufferers who have a disturbance of the sympathetic nervous. This style of breathing helps to bring about balance. In so doing, it's calming. Calming, reducing stress lessens the perception of pain.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture - USA contacts

NeuroAcupuncture Associates We have several convenient locations in San Diego and North County.
16885 West Bernardo Dr, Suite 380A
San Diego, CA 92127
Phone: 858-837-2830

456 E. Grand Avenue, Suite 105
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone: 760-796-4519

2738 Loker Avenue, Suite C
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: 858-837-2830

502 Euclid, Suite 202
National City, CA 91950
Phone: 858-837-2830

3670 Clairemont Drive, Suite 11
San Diego, CA 92117
Phone: 619-206-9679

Email: info@neuro-acupuncture.org

Downtown Office
Feely Ltd.
150 East Huron Suite 1104
Chicago, IL 60611

312-266-8565 voice
312-266-0495 fax

Olympia Fields Office
Feely Ltd.
20303 S. Crawford Suite 140
Olympia Fields, IL 60461

708-747-8565 voice
708-747-8674 fax

National Pain Foundation seeking study participants

Do you have chronic pain that has lasted for six months or longer? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a research study to examine the effectiveness of the Pain Self-Management Program, a new internet-based pain self-help program for people with chronic pain

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Passing this message on to you.

Hello,

With your permission I'd like to brink to your attention, with the hopes that it would interest you, that in support of the USC Pain Center and RSD treatment research, a small group of volunteers have started a charity auction on e-bay.

The project website is: http://www.phpcharity.com/

There is already one auction ongoing,

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&item=300327929095

with 5 days left and there are 3 more items uploaded in the Future Auction section that will be going up for autcion.
All proceeds go DIRECTLY to the USC Pain Center.
Our hopes are that you would take a look at what the USC Pain Center is doing, what the volunteers are trying to do and you'd be interested in hosting the news on your blog to help us reach as many people as possible.

Thank you.
Allie
on behalf of The Purple Heart Project

Pain effectively treated by scalp acupuncture.

Click here for the link to " Pain effectively treated by scalp acupuncture!"

Below are seminar dates for 2009
which are listed in the link.

Date

Place and Instructor

Organizer

January 17

Vienna, Austria
Dr. Schockert

OGKA
office@ogka.at

March 21/22

Hamm, Germany
Dr. Yamamoto

Dr. med. Rudolf Helling
Fax: +49 (2381) 80083

April 25/26

Perth, Australia
Dr. Yamamoto

Dr. med. Leo Foong
leofoong@hotmail.com

May 08/09

Nideggen, Germany

Dr. Schockert
info@dr-schockert.de
Tel.: +49 (2427) 902424

May 16/17/18

Taiwan

Dr. med. I-Hsing Chuang
Ih.chuang@utanet.at

June 12/13/14

Hannover, Germany
Dr. Yamamoto

Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Fink
m.g.fink@t-online.de
www.aim-hannover.de

June 20/21

Salzburg, Austria
Dr. Yamamoto

SL Austria
office@sl-austria.at

July 18/19/20

Grafing, Germany
Dr. Yamamoto

Gisela Kraus
gisela.kraus@facm.de
Tel.: +49 (8092) 84734

September 5/6

University Witten/Herdecke
Germany
Dr. Schockert

Mrs. Eva Wessel, Uni Witten
wessel@uni-wh.de

October 12-16

Miyazaki, Japan
Dr. Yamamoto

H. Yamamoto Helen
Fax: +81 (985) 652637

November 23-27

Miyazaki, Japan
Dr. Yamamoto

H. Yamamoto Helen
Fax: +81 (985) 652637

November 25

Cologne, Germany
St. Marienhospital
Dr. Schockert

Frau Leiminger
katrin.leiminger@st-marien-hospital.de

December 2

Cologne, Germany
St. Marienhospital
Dr. Schockert

Frau Leiminger
katrin.leiminger@st-marien-hospital.de

Friday, July 10, 2009

Australian Support Group for CRPS/RSD

There is an excellent support group for those with, or supporting someone with CRPS/RSD. Duncan runs this group in a sensitive and caring as well as professional way. I was helped greatly by Duncan and the members of this group when I was first diagnosed. I found information, support and friendship there. Click here for - The Australian Reflex Dystrophy (RSD) Support Group.

ABC Australia's Catalyst Program featured Complex Regional Pain Syndrome last night.

Dr Maryanne Demasi sensitively presents the story of two young Australian women for whom pain has gone on to become a disease in its own right "Catalyst - Complex Pain 09/07/09".

The program explains about the involvement of the brain in continuing the pain message. It show the ADAPT pain management program in which patients are encouraged to move agin and to move normally. This is brain retraining, "clearing the neurotag" as Dr Lorimer Moseley could put it.

I left a comment suggesting that they do a follow up showing other very effective brain retraining and the results that can be gained without drugs or invasive procedures.

I encourage you to watch the 15 minute video of the show. Laura and Kate have been courageous in helping to make the program and spreading the work. My heart goes out to both of them.
Click here for the link.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture treatment results in remission of symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Those who read my posts regularly will remember that I have been having a series of treatments of Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture in the hope of for a second time going into remission from CRPS/RSD.

I've had 5 treatments and am again amazed by the result. At first it is just muscle spasm and a general sense of calm that I noticed. With this went a slight reduction in pain. Each time I'd notice the same thing. The truly amazing thing for me is that I now am not having signs of dysautonomia. This means I am not sweating inappropriately, my heart and blood pressure are normal, my skin is not hypersensitive etc. CRPS pain is gone. I do have other pain due to things such as arthritis from bone changes due to injury. This is annoying but not overwhelming as CRPS can be at times.

This is the second time I have had this treatment. Early last year I had remission for several weeks after treatment with Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture. I had an accident in which I ruptured my ligaments and tore cartilage. I had severe acute pain which caused an immediate return to CRPS symptoms.

I plan to be careful and not risk take as I think that I will remain in remission if I can avoid another initiating event.

This is similar to mirror therapy I believe. YNSC seems to be more potent that mirror therapy in that it is faster and more affective.

I encourage others to read about this type of treatment. As far as I can understand it balances the nervous system. In so doing it retrains the brain by giving the message that everything is OK. Please click on the links to the right of this blog for more on YNSA.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Diana replied to my "List" post. Remember always to take the advice of your doctor or treating professional.

"I agree with you whole heartedly. I luvvvvvv Aqua-therapy. Just to get in a pool up to my throat is AMAZINGLY wonderful! Minimizes (my) pain. And takes away the "dramatic livido reticularis" which is over much of my body. It actually let's me feel normal for a bit. To be able to see myself as normal again as well, which I feel is so important for the brain. And afterwords my body is more relaxed and I can actually achieve things. Not perfectly but, better than if I had not had the water to go in. Two things come to mind that I didn't see though and I thought I'd pass it along to you. I also use Lidoderm patches. There mild and can be cut if one needs to put them in a small hard to reach area. And one can use up to three at a time. Which can cover a good bit of an area. 12 hours on, 12 hours off. I also use a "Tens Unit". When it's on very mildly, it helps my muscles relax a bit. Then sometimes, I crank that baby up for the better feeling of good pain. Kind of breaks up the monotony if you know what I mean."

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Top 10 Super Summer Foods to improve your health.

Tony Tobin sent me this link today -

Top 10 Super Summer Foods to Improve Your Health

More great reasons to "Eat smart".

Treatment Of Chronic Pain Using Real Time fMRI

This study is currently recruiting participants.

Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier:
NCT00528346

Contact: Ella Laramee 650-585-5304 research@omneuron.com

United States, California
Omneuron, 99 El Camino Real Recruiting
Menlo Park, California, United States, 94025
Contact: Ella Laramee 650-585-5304 research@omneuron.com
Principal Investigator: Christopher deCharms, PhD
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