Mirror Therapy Mirror Touching

What is mirror therapy?

 It is a revolutionary method that improves the brain's information processing system by making the healthy hand in the mirror appear as if it were the affected hand.

 The application of mirrors in medical technology was first introduced in the book "Ghosts in the Brain" by Vilayanul S. Ramachandran, who described the effectiveness of the "mirror box" treatment for phantom limb pain, and since then it has been used in recovery rehabilitation for hemiplegia in cerebrovascular disorders. In addition, the president of our association, Dr. K. Kato, has been involved in the expansion of the effectiveness and application of the mirror matching.CRPS (RSD), 40 shoulder, osteoarthritis, joint contracture, tendonitis (spring finger), etc.- reported and the scene of the treatment was introduced in a TV program (see➡YouTube(See Section 2.1.2.).

◆Mirror box treatment of phantom pain

Image from TBS "3.8 Billion Years of Life Special: The Latest Brain Science Mystery "What is a Human Being...? Partially processed from TBS "3.8 Billion Years of Life Special

 It is believed that the "brain is reassured" by the visual reappearance of the "lost hand" reflected by the mirror trick (mirror-image cognitive illusion), and this stops the malfunctioning of pain.

New possibilities for intractable pain and contractures

 Mirror therapy is a therapy that promotes neuroplasticity through visual feedback..The touch-based techniques of the "touch" system are therapies that promote neuroplasticity through tactile and kinaesthetic feedback (we use the term "neuroplasticity" instead of "neuroplasticity").Brain Elastoplasticity."(We use the term "the").

 The combination of these two techniques has proven to be extremely safe and efficient in the treatment of pain, numbness, abnormal muscle coordination, unexplained contraction tremor (hand tremor), intractable shoulder pain, osteoarthritis, CRPS (RSD), and other conditions that have been difficult to treat in the past. It has also been reported that it can be applied to joint contractures after cast immobilization.

◆Applications: (1) Treatment of 40 shoulders

 First things first..In some cases, after performing the "mirror therapy" as shown in the photo, the intractable shoulder can be easily recovered, and the effect is so immediate that both the patient and the surgeon are surprised.

 The above case is of a left shoulder with a forty-positioned shoulder. When you look at your right arm in the mirror as you raise and lower it, you will feel as if your left arm (the affected side) is being raised. Then, when the left arm is actually raised in line with the right arm, the left arm is raised smoothly and lightly.

 The effectiveness of this method varies from person to person, but it should be tried by those who experience pain and weakness with conventional physical therapy and range-of-motion training.

Listening counseling has been shown to be remarkably effective in some refractory cases of 40 shoulder. The Society recommends.is a fusion of more than 20 different physical and mental therapies, or mind-body integration therapies, of which mirror techniques are one category.

◆Application example) ② Treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip joint

 The above case shows a patient with significant atrophy of the right medial thigh vastus muscle.

Because I have a strong constitution for CRPS (RSD) - my sensitivity to pain is increased - I can't do normal muscle training because of the pain. However, by using mirror therapy as shown in the photo above, you can perform efficient muscle training without inducing pain.

 Watching through a mirror the automatic movements of slowly extending the knees and internally rotating the thighs by oneself develops cerebral elastosis and increases muscle output.

◆ Application example) ③Treatment for pelvic distortion and hip joint contracture◆

 The above case is a patient who was pointed out a distortion of the pelvis by an osteopath. She came to our hospital complaining that she could not sit cross-legged. It is true that her pelvis was twisted, and at the same time, her right hip joint was contracted (as shown in the photo on the left), but she was not able to sit cross-legged..The range of motion was greatly restored by the mirror therapy, and after further mirror therapy, the patient was able to open it completely, as shown in the photo.

in this wayAs cerebroplasticity develops, muscle output balance is restored, and spinal and pelvic distortions are naturally corrected.... It means that there is no need to resort to forceful corrective techniques....

◆Applications ④ PMR (Polymyalgia rheumatica)(Treatment of)

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 PMR is an inflammatory disease of unknown cause that causes pain and stiffness in the proximal parts of the extremities, including the shoulders, lower back, and thighs. Systemic symptoms include fever, general malaise, decreased appetite, depression, and weight loss.
 Miller Therapy suggests that the cause diagnosis of pain is brain fatigue, i.e., soft pain caused by cerebral metabolic dysfunction. The actual treatment scene is shown below.YouTubeThe information is available to the public at

What is mirror touching?

 In mirror therapy, patients move their own limbs in the mirror.cerebral elastoplasticitywhereas mirror touching is a technique that synchronizes tactile stimuli to it.

 While regular mirror therapy is a cross-modality of vision and kinematics (a phenomenon in which the simultaneous input of different senses affects brain information processing), mirror touching is a cross-modality of vision & touch, or vision & touch & kinematics.
 Mirror Touching, in combination with tactile stimulation, has effects not seen in conventional mirror therapy. Some of the actual cases are presented here.

◆Case 1)CRPS (RSD) Muscle Strength in Recovery Rehab ◆ Muscle Strength in Recovery Rehab

 The above case is a pediatric CRPS (RSD) that developed in the right foot.

 It was a severe case where the patient was in so much pain that he complained, "I want to cut off this leg.. The pain has improved and the patient is now able to lead a normal daily life.

 The photo above shows a muscle strengthening exercise using mirror touching for muscle weakness in the right toe during the recovery period. In the practice of gripping the surgeon's finger, by watching the strong movement of the healthy side through a mirror, the muscle strength of the affected side increases due to "combined feedback of visual, tactile, and kinesthetic senses. This is much more immediate and effective than normal muscle training.

◆Case 2: Carpal tunnel syndrome

 The above case (67 years old, female) is a typical carpal tunnel syndrome.

 As a preliminary step to mirror therapy, regarding numbness in the thumb, index and middle fingers.The numbness disappeared after about six months of treatment. Through the accumulation of such therapeutic diagnoses, it is now known that "most numbness is not a symptom of nerve dropout, but merely a sensory abnormality (paresthesia and similar sensory abnormalities) caused by brain malfunctions.

 And as you can see in the picture below, Miller Touching also restores pinch force with amazing results.

◆Case 3: Pediatric mother finger CRPS (RSD) treatment ◆Case 4: Pediatric mother finger CRPS (RSD) treatment

 The above case was unable to go to school for more than 6 months due to severe pain in the mother's finger..The patient's allodynia improved and she was able to cut her nails, and after two months she was able to go to school with good health.

◆Case 4) The spring finger (repellent finger)medical treatment (esp. surgical)

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 This video shows the dramatic recovery of snapping in a spring toe. The reorganization of the brain's neural circuitry results in restoration of muscle coordination, which in turn improves the "spring phenomenon" and pain at the same time.

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