Mirror therapy and fibromyalgia

” IT’S NOT THAT I’M SO SMART, IT’S JUST THAT I STAY WITH PROBLEMS LONGER”¬†Albert Einstein

And so, I began yet another journey with a therapy that I had not used before- ‘mirror therapy’. My physiotherapist had shown me how this is to be done with a stand up mirror. It is intended to loosen my operated upon hip that had never completely achieved the same range of motion of earlier years. Many of us with fibromyalgia have areas with great constrictions.

It can be used for many places where there is tightness- see below :

Here is the link to mirror therapy by David Butler.
He uses a mirror box but the principles are the same.
For you, lay on your back and position the mirror so you see your right leg, and the reflection of the right leg. Start of by dropping the right leg out while watching the reflection. The next step is synchronized movement with the leg behind the mirror, only the left leg does not move as far while you exaggerate movements with the right leg.
In sitting, you can do this technique for straightening your knee.
And another similar video.

About Barbara Keddy

I am a Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. My B.Sc.is in Nursing while my MA. and Ph.D. are in Sociology. I am married, a mother and grandmother living on the east coast of Canada. I have personally lived with fibromyalgia for about 40 years. I published a book with iUniverse in 2007. This book detailed living with this condition and allowed the voices of twenty women who have fibromyalgia to tell their stories.
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