Relief for the "phantom" pain for amputees

While away I did a lot of reading and came across something that is a simple, non-pharmaceutical and fairly effective treatment for those who have lost lower limbs due to war or other traumatic events.

 

an abstract of a study conducted on this therapy

The conclusion reached in this study states: These findings support the feasibility and efficacy of home-based self-delivered mirror therapy; this low-cost treatment may defray medical costs, therapy visits, and the patient travel burden for people with motivation and a high level of education. More research is needed to determine methods of cost-effective support for people with lower levels of education.

 

To leave a comment, please sign in with
or or

Comments (11)

  1. johnnygreybeard

    That is the darndest thing I have ever seen. I bet it does help some people a lot. Our minds do have ways of healing and overcoming many things – a state of mind to lose weight for example. If you really thin k of each muscle you use one each and every movement – even the smallest thing makes some difference. Like just lifting a glass of water and really focusing on the exact muscles. Holding in the stomach. Focusing on thinking thin – so to speak.
    I think this self – therapy with a mirror is a wonderful idea!
    Anyway, I love this post and hope it does help someone or perhaps many.

    August 23, 2015
    1. SEC

      I do too, especially as the therapy is non-narcotic.

      August 23, 2015
  2. rebecca2013

    It has been used at Walter Reed….It is….. amazing what the mind can do….

    August 23, 2015
    1. SEC

      It is indeed, to my thinking this is preferrable as no pharma is used

      August 23, 2015
      1. rebecca2013

        yes…. just very interesting….

        August 23, 2015
        1. SEC

          I bumped into an article of a doctor who was bicycling around Laos helping those amputees he encountered

          August 23, 2015
          1. rebecca2013

            interesting…. I know there is still a LOT of UXO STILL in Southeast Asia and not to mention all the landmines still buried…

            August 23, 2015
  3. cjb321

    My dad had phantom pain after one of his legs had to be amputated. So glad they are finding help for these false pains!

    August 23, 2015
    1. SEC

      Simple and non-narcotic too

      August 23, 2015
  4. EyeVey

    Very interesting!

    August 24, 2015
    1. SEC

      I thought so too.

      August 24, 2015
    2. This comment has been deleted