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September 15, 2008 / steve8

a mirror is better than a brain for phantom pain.

so about 90% of amputees have a terribly strange and lingering sensation that the missing limb is stuck in an awkward and uncomfortable position.

“phantom pain” is what people these days call it.

Meds don’t seem to do much.

apparently doing a sort of exercise of trying to move the missing limb while using mental imagery to imagine it actually happening reduces the phantom pain significantly.

 

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Using mirrors to show the in-tact limb where the missing one would be while the amputee “sees” it moving as he wishes apparently has even more dramatic results:

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Tricking our brains is so easy, but i guess that is nothing new.

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