Phantom Limb Pain

Oct 30, 07 Phantom Limb Pain

In the October 25 episode of Grey’s Anatomy, a businessman in a suit is in the emergency room claiming his shaking left foot doesn’t belong to him. It’s driving him crazy, and he wants a surgeon to amputate his foot. Instead, he gets a psychological evaluation and some anxiety medication. That doesn’t satisfy him so he gets a chainsaw and tries to amputate his foot. Later, a doctor successfully completes the surgery. What if his foot sensations didn’t go away? About 50 percent to 80 percent of amputees experience “phantom limb” feelings in their amputated limb. Quite often the sensations are very painful. Can EFT help alleviate phantom limb pain?

There’s not much information on using EFT for it. See Phantom Limb Pain, Ideas for Using EFT with Phantom Limb Pain, and The Emotional Causes of Phantom Limb Pain. Can PLP be eliminated with mirrors? Neurologist Vilayanur Ramachandran says, “yes.” In March, 2007, he gave a speech at TED which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It’s an annual, by special invitation conference, that brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in only in 18 minutes. In the middle of his talk, A Journey to the Center of Your Mind, he speaks about phantom limbs, pain and that it can be treated with an expensive 3D virtual reality system or an inexpensive three dollar cardboard mirror box. For more information, read Phantoms in the Brain.

If a way to relieve phantom limb pain would be to teach the brain to unlearn paralysis, how might you use EFT to do it?

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