This section tries to cover any question you might have and should serve as an additional resource so that the experiences people have with this kind of therapy can be recorded and shared.
1) Are there any known side effects?
None have been reported yet.
Things that can happen - depending on the condition are:
Lorimer Moseley reported a patient that was so distressed seeing the amputated limb move again that he had to withdraw from treatment.
Another interesting phenomenon is Dysynchiria - if you touch the unaffected limb and watch the reflection pain is felt in the affected limb.
2) How long should the sessions last?
Since you have to focus your attention on the treatment 10 minutes at a time are sufficient. Try to repeat it several times a day for a few weeks.
There are huge differences between individuals regarding how fast they respond.
3) Are there commercial suppliers of mirror boxes?
Yes - you can order them here and here for example.
Or you can make your own by following these instructions.
4) What do I do during the session?
If you have pain in your arms, hands or fingers try moving them in any way possible. Pick things up, count coins, do whatever you can. Vary the movements from simple to complex. And above all: watch what works best for you.
Jeiseas Blog is a great resource - see how she uses it. What works for her might also be good for you.
5) Which therapist should I see for mirror box treatment?
This is a tough one.
The treatment was developed by a Neurologist and is used (and expanded) by Physiotherapists, MD's, Psychologists and other professions.
In effect the treatment belongs to you - the person in pain.
Any attempt to bring it under the domain of only one profession is - in my view - completely nuts!
By explaining it in this series I hope you are able to give it a try yourself.
6) Which conditions can be treated?
First the obvious ones: phantom limb pain, CRPS, RSI.
Then the not so obvious one: central pain in paraplegia.
And last but not least those problems that can be treated by applying the principles of feedback therapy: low back pain, tinnitus, anorexia (?!), fibromyalgia.