Many concepts in multiple sclerosis (MS) rehabilitation come from stroke and pain rehabilitation fields. There is evidence in these fields that supports the use of mirror therapy to help rehabilitation of the weaker side. It also helps reduce neuropathic pain in patients who have phantom limb ( arm or leg) pain after an amputation.
There is very limited published research on the use of mirror therapy in MS. We think that adding this type of therapy in the care of MS patients might be beneficial to reduce pain and weakness, and perhaps reduce "learned disuse" of the limb.
A brief summary of how to perform Mirror therapy is the following:
Employees of Swedish Cherry Hill Outpatient Rehabilitation and Neurology Departments took the plunge and participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness of ALS and funding for ALS research. (Click here to see their video on Facebook.)
Before the ALS clinic team takes the ice bucket challenge
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), most commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease which affects the motor neurons responsible for voluntary movements and muscle power. As the disease progresses, individuals living with ALS may lose their ability to move and control the muscles of their extremities, torso, head and mouth which can make completion of basic activities such as walking, eating, talking and even breathing very difficult.
Unfortunately, the disease has no cure and only one medication has been approved for the treatment of ALS. Research is making strides towards understanding the underlying physiology and genetic makeup of the disease. Because of ...
Stroke survivors often encounter physical, cognitive or emotional challenges after their stroke. Rehab helps stroke survivors relearn skills that are lost when part of the brain is damaged. Participating in physical or occupational therapy can be extremely beneficial in assisting patients and their families in the recovery process.
Physical therapists commonly examine, evaluate, and treat stroke patients, facilitating progress towards restoring function, reducing pain, and preventing further injuries or complications. This therapy is a form of exercise treatment to help with mobility, strength and general function based upon the individual’s needs.
Occupational therapists focus on occupations or activities are meaningful to the individual. They develop individualized care plans that may include adaptations for how to perform tasks, changes to the survivor’s surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors. These plans are designed to ...
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