Tuesday, December 06, 2011

BBC article - on mirror therapy and the brain - We know it works for CRPS/RSD pain. Now they are finding it may also help osteoarthritis pain.

Stephanie Hagerty of the BBC has a comprehensive article What phantom limbs and mirrors teach us about the brain.
Last month researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) announced the results of a small pilot study which suggests that mirror therapy can help ease the pain of osteoarthritis. The article gives a good background to how mirror therapy was developed with an explanation of the possible science behind it. I encourage you to listen to the radio interview of Dr V S Ramachandran. My husband is a Vietnam veteran. In 2009 we visited Vietnam for Australia's first "in country" reunion. There we met Vietnamese vererans with missing limbs. I'm delighted to read about a program called "End the Pain" which hopes to extend mirror therapy to the estimated 300,000 amputees in Vietnam. Finally mirror therapy is seen as mainstream and not just God dam hippy crap.

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