Helping amputees and phantom limb pain

ME AND MY MIRROR

Treating phantom limb pain with free mirrors and mirror therapy ...globally.

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SHOUT IT OUT!
Stephen

SHOUT IT OUT!

By on Oct 9, 2015 in Outreach

SHOUT IT OUT! A tremendous THANK YOU! to READER’S DIGEST USA, who took an interest in my story and reprinted and freshened-up a MOSAIC SCIENCE article (http://mosaicscience.com/story/mirror-man) on Me and My Mirror’s work in S E Asia. The article is being read by many thousands of people across the States and has created a great upwelling of interest, questions and queries, moral support and also donations. I am busily planning another ‘Me and My Mirror’ work mission to, this time, Burma (Myanmar) and northern Sri Lanka in addition to returning to both Lao and Cambodia. I am very focused on making it a crazy-active, successful and fortifying time for all, so the RD USA article and all the interest from American readers comes at a pivotal time. No tickee, no laundree! And all my work is funded by donation alone. Here are some snippets of the kind of interest, queries and enthusiasm that the article has engendered. Bravo USA! It’s a timely burst of interest as I am imminently headed by to SE Asia (particularly Lao) where any warm-blooded American would quickly concur that it wouldn’t hurt to give a little back: Hi Stephen, Thanks for the email. I actually work at Reader’s Digest and loved your story. I hope my small contribution helps 🙂 Gloria …My wife had a stroke a two years ago and she has severe pain in her right hip which nobody can find a reason for . MRI’s you name it. When she first stands up from a chair or gets out of an automobile, the pain is severe. This is on her paralysed side. They think it’s a brain issue. Do you think mirror therapy would work for something like this? A/ Hi Patrick, Thanks for your interest! Your question is a good one. I have had success with treating stroke victims with mirror therapy; in many ways stroke victims are ideal recipients of the type of brain messages afforded by the therapy. I would gamely say that it is certainly worth a try especially as her pain is located on the ‘phantom side’. The functionality of mirror therapy depends on the existence of ‘mirror neurons’, ‘neural plasticity’ and the very fact that...

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WHEN THE GOING GETS WEIRD, THE WEIRD TURN PRO
Stephen

WHEN THE GOING GETS WEIRD, THE WEIRD TURN PRO

By on Jan 6, 2015 in Outreach

  I got me a whole new plan. Forget SE Asia; it’s SOOO yesterday. I’m joking, of course, but Me and My Mirror can’t go there cuz we’re broke, so we’ve recast our efforts (uh-oh, I’m speaking in the 3rd person)… but no can do. I took a job teaching English in SW Russia during the heart of yet another Russian Economic Crisis. That’s how I roll. Anyhow, when have they NOT been in crisis? It’s how they roll. Socialism was arguably the most costly experiment in the History of Humankind. I feel a lot of things, but it would maybe be nice to put a lit candle on socialism’s grave (a nice aromatic candle of competitive market manufacture). And maybe the West bank of the Volga would be the best place to do dat. In terms of pure numbers, I don’t think you could argue (there’s that word!) that Stalin wasn’t the Biggest Asshole To Have EVER Walked The Planet. I mean, Hitler was like Boy George next to him. It would be nice to sit on the banks of his semi-benighted and ex-self-named city and have a sip of wodka and call him a Douchebag and give him a solid finger. Just sayin’. It’s not often I do Math, so it’s imperfect. ROCK PAPER SCISSORS I’m trusting my imperfect math to guide me thru shrinking sums of shrunken roubles and trusting my faulty sextant to triangulate me, and my mirrors, by turns, and by and by, thru the Crimea, Ukraine, and then ex-Yugoslavia, ie Bosnia. I fucked up but I’m not above putting lipstick on a pig. You gotta be flexible. Bapu, our clay-footed Mahatma Ghandi, was always able to put lipstick on a pig or at least put starch in his sagging dhoti. When button-holed by a crazed fundamental Hindu and asked, ‘Just what are you?!’ Bapu calmly replied, like the sage he was: ‘Actually, I’m a Jew.’ And so they killed him. Moving on to Eurasia: Anyone else in the area who can show me a gaggle of unhappy phantom limbs is welcome to join the party. Watch me go. I’m pissed at my failure to arouse donor interest in my projected trip to SE...

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