Mirror remedy: A possible intervention for ache administration.
Rev Assoc Med Bras (1992). 2017 Nov;63(11):1000-1005
Authors: Wittkopf PG, Johnson MI
The implications of continual ache and related disabilities to the affected person and to the well being care system are well-known. Medicine is usually the primary remedy of alternative for continual ache, though unwanted effects and excessive prices limit long-term use. Cheap, protected and simple to self-administer non-pharmacological therapies, similar to mirror remedy, are really helpful as adjuncts to ache remedy. The aim of this evaluate is to explain the ideas of use of mirror remedy so it may be included right into a well being care supply. The physiological rationale of mirror remedy for the administration of ache and the proof of medical efficacy primarily based on current systematic critiques are additionally mentioned. Mirror remedy, whereby a mirror is positioned able in order that the affected person can view a mirrored image of a physique half, has been used to deal with phantom limb ache, advanced regional ache syndrome, neuropathy and low again ache. Analysis proof suggests course of remedy (4 weeks) of mirror remedy might scale back continual ache. Contraindications and unwanted effects are few. The mechanism of motion of mirror remedy stays unsure, with reintegration of motor and sensory methods, restored physique picture and management over fear-avoidance more likely to affect end result. The proof for medical efficacy of mirror remedy is encouraging, however not but definitive. Nonetheless, mirror remedy is cheap, protected and simple for the affected person to self-administer.
PMID: 29451665 [PubMed – in process]