Reflections On Hand

by mo on Friday, April 8, 2011

Some points from this article:

Visual feedback with a mirror can strongly modulate pain (Ramachandran 2010, p. 171).

Perhaps explore other types of visual modulation such as virtual reality and “guided visual imagery”?

“Another example of powerful visual modulation of phantom pain by visual input can be shown by simply asking the patient to watch a normal volunteer’s intact had being stroked or rubbed. He/ she literally starts experiencing the volunteer’s tactile sensations, presumably because of a loss of tonic inhibition of the mirror neuron system by touch receptors” (Ramachandran 2010, p. 172).

Reference: Ramachandran, V.S. & Altschuler, E.L. 2010, "Reflections on hand", Pain, vol. 149, no. 2, pp. 171-172.


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