OPTP, Minneapolis, markets a new patient book that seeks to educate those with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) about the science behind their pain. The neuroscience book, titled Why Are My Nerves So Sensitive? is authored by Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMT, and co-authored by Colleen Louw, PT, MeD, CSMT, and Kory Zimney, PT, DPT, CSMT.

The book uses images, metaphors, and approachable language to teach patients about their chronic pain, noting specifically that it is likely the result of an extrasensitive nervous system rather than injured tissues. The book details a graded motor imagery program intended to help decrease the sensitivity of the nervous system to allow less painful or pain-free physical movement. The program allows patients to desensitize the affected body part and “exercise” it without actual movement using common household items such as paperclips, beans, and a mirror.

Once the patient is ready for physical movement, the book can be used to guide the patient through “regular therapy.”

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[Source: OPTP]