Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Ramachandran's mirror box explained. NOIgroup and others have variations of mirror boxes. I use a pain mirror, not a box. I use it for whole limbs, the face and the abdomen, areas for which a mirror box isn't suited.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

How does a pain mirror work? My sister has whole body CRPS. Could a pain mirror help her?

jeisea said...

I started using a large rectangular mirror. If you click onthe tag "mirror therapy" and scroll through you'll read descriptions of what I did at the beginning. I had whole body crps. I waited until one side was less painful than the other. Here's my post of what I did from the beginning
http://crps-rsd-a-better-life.blogspot.com/2006/08/mirrors-something-worth-trying.html
Here is a link to a photo of what I did.
http://crps-rsd-a-better-life.blogspot.com/2006/08/this-is-photo-of-my-left-leg-and-its.html
If you go to the side bar of this blog and click on the archive of my first posts in August 2006, you can read more.
Hope this helps. I suggest you wait until one side eg one arm or one leg, one hand or foot is less painful than the rest. Over time pain and symptoms in all areas should decrease. Please be realistic though as this requires effort over a long period but believe me the hard work really pays off.

jeisea said...

Here is information about preparing for mirror therapy by using a three step program.
http://www.gradedmotorimagery.com/
Here is an ap for Recognize.
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/recognise/id470824372?mt=8

Jane in Pain said...

I also have whole body CRPS, but it affects my right arm worse(nerve injury :) ). To help me in my selfmanagement, I use a mirror box which I bought mail-order from the UK some years back. It folds up flat and I find it useful. For me, it helps me coordinate my hands better, getting more normal and natural movement back. It does make a difference, the first time I tried it I felt my brain "wake up". Pain wise, it doesn't make a difference, but any improvement in movement is a huge bonus!

jeisea said...

Hi Jane
Good you've had some improvement in movement. What I do that's a bit different from the research I believe is that I do mirror therapy for very short duration and do it several times a day. When I say short duration I mean as little as 30 seconds to a minute. The more I do mirror therapy the gradually greater improvement. My suggestion is to persist. For me it's usually not been a miracle result but a big improvement over time. I get a faster result doing mirror work with new, acute pain than with old, chronic pain and symptoms. The result for me is symptom relief as well as pain relief. By that I mean, ceasing of spasms, colour and temperature change etc.

Jane in Pain said...

Great advice, thanks again!! I will try out the 30sec or so, several times a day. It certainly can't hurt! What I've learned over the years is that there are no miracle cures, but any improvement is a miracle in itself!! My goals aren't to get rid of the pain, (never had any improvement there) but to have an increase in movement - I like attainable goals!

jeisea said...

Hi Jane
It's good to be realistic. I'd love to hear if your pain does reduce. Any improvement is welcome as you say.

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