Effectiveness of simple body image evaluation and manipulation for chronic pain: a case report

Nobuyuki Arai, Manabu Yoshimura, Sayako Yamamoto, Hiromasa Abe, Kozo Hanayama
2021 Japanese Journal of Comprehensive Rehabilitation Science  
We report a case in which chronic pain was successfully relieved using a new simple body image evaluation and body image manipulation based on the evaluation results. Case: The patient, a man in his 60s, accidentally sustained a left ulnar trunk fracture and left hand degloving injury at work. Occupational therapy for approximately 2 years could not completely relieve pain in the ring finger (allodynia), causing difficulty in changing clothes and driving a car. Images of the left and right ring
more » ... fingers were compared and manipulated using bandages to make the two images similar. Allodynia was reduced (visual analog scale 10 cm → 3.6 cm), and the ability to change clothes and drive a car improved. Discussion: The bandage presumably changed the tactile and visual information inputs of size, weight, length, thickness, and thickness and reconstructed the perceptual-motor loop.
doi:10.11336/jjcrs.12.15 fatcat:hs3zon4gzvbkpeujobupynabze