Monday, November 28, 2011

Matthias Weinberger's Mirror Therapy Series.

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". Mirror therapy has been proven to create new neural pathways, retraining the brain, important for those with CRPS. 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.
  • Mirror Box Therapy Part VIII covers questions people might have such as about side effects, what to do and length of sessions, where to get a mirror box and who can help.

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