Phantom Limb Pain & Sports
Phantom limb pain often known as Ghost pain or even Phantom Limb Syndrome.
Phantom limb pain is a term first coined by Weir
Mitchell in 1872. Pain is experienced in a variety
of ways from excruciating pain to a mild aching.
Interestingly almost every amputee has this pain to
some degree. There is lots of conflicting information about PLP.
Even babies born without
a limb often experience it, suggesting this problem
is innate. Phantom limbs without the pain are not necessarily a problem.
When amputees are given artificial limbs phantom
limbs are usuful so that they can move the limb. In fact some amputees are unable
to walk in the morning unless they first imagine a
real limb in order to wake up the perceptions for
the brain to create a phantom limb - only then can
they put on a artificial limb and make it walk.
sports phantom limbs can be a problem in that the
pain will redirect an athletes focus from their sports
endeavors to focusing on the pain.
Initial trials seeking a resolution and explanation
concluded that the mirror box
was an effective tool. However, subsequent trials
have found this technique to be less effective as
originally thought. It seems that the effect of the
mirror box was actually an alteration in the subjects
self image of having a missing limb. A far more effective and convenient tool has been developed using Virtual reality. Although at this stage it is not available to the general public.
There are several reasons for Phantom limb pain but
the underlying long term problem seems to be almost
universal. Damage to nerve endings is something that
has been tackled as a culpret and can be a problem.
So too is the regrowth of nerve endings in a stump,
which often causes pain or discomfort. But these problems are not what causes all long term pain associated with Phantom Limb.
Different types of pain seem to have different reasons.
The fact is it doesn't really matter a great deal the cause of Phantom pain as long as we can deal with it with a solution that is convenient and healthy.
Hypnosis has been the few consistent solutions and the only viable solution which does not require a hugh box with mirrors or University visits in order to partake in Virtual reality sessions.
The most recent trials conclude
that hypnosis for the treatment of phantom limb pain
seems to be the obvious answer. When perceptions
sent to the brain reduces the mismatch of the brains
innate body map which turns off the pain
signal then hypnosis's ability in these areas with
its advanced visualisation tools have proved to be the
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