Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - New Zealand

Thought it was about time NZ had its own website on CRPS/RSD so welcome to the first CRPS-NZ website, here we will discuss all things about CRPS/RSD .

Physiotherapy

Keeping moving is one of the most important things you can do, your physiotherapist will be able to help you with this.

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Vitamin C

Daily vitamin C has been shown to reduce the chance for the occurrence of CRPS after an injury, leading to calls for greater awareness, especially in the emergency room setting, so if you know someone who has had an injury please tell them to take 500mg's of Vitamin C daily for 6 weeks.

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Graded Motor Imagery

The following is from the website 'NOI/Recognise' . There is also an APP available for a small amount of money, I use the  APP and have found it to be very beneficial. Check out the site as it has many resources available, that could help with CRPS.

What is GMI?

GMI is a rehabilitation process used to treat pain and movement problems related to altered nervous systems by exercising the brain in measured and monitored steps which increase in difficulty as progress is made.

The three different treatment techniques include left/right discrimination training, motor imagery exercises and mirror therapy. These techniques are delivered sequentially but require a flexible approach from the patient and clinician to move forwards, backwards and sideways in the treatment process to suit the individual.

Who is it for?

We recommend that anybody with a chronic pain state learns more about the GMI process and talks to their clinician about options to include brain training exercises as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation programme.

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Mindfulness CDs and Tapes - Jon Kabat Zinn - Click 'here' to go straight to the website

I also use this for pain meditation, and highly recommend purchasing these recordings. He also has some books on Amazon, click 'here' to find them, some of the books are available for the kindle as well.

Dr. Kabat-Zinn is internationally known as a meditation teacher, author, researcher, and clinician in the fields of mind/body medicine, integrative medicine, lifestyle change, and self-healing. He is an expert in stress reduction, relaxation, and the applications of mindfulness meditation in everyday living to optimize one's capacity to face stress, pain, and illness across the lifespan. This work is now referred to by health professionals as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and is offered in medical centers, hospitals, and clinics around the world.

These mindfulness meditation practice CDs and tapes are used by thousands of people who have attended Dr. Kabat-Zinn's program in the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, or who have taken other MBSR programs, or who have read his books, as described on this website. It is not necessary to take an MBSR program to derive benefit from these programs. They are meant to be used by themselves, or in conjunction with Dr. Kabat-Zinn's books, Full Catastrophe Living (Series 1), Wherever You Go, There You Are (Series 2), and Coming to Our Senses (Series 3).

These programs are an extremely effective way to develop and deepen a personal meditation practice without the ideological and cultural trappings that so often make it difficult for Westerners to drop into what is deepest and most beautiful, most liberating and most healing about meditation. Their use provides a very real opportunity to taste those universal aspects of stillness and well-being, clarity, wisdom, compassion, and self-compassion, that Buddhists often refer to as dharma.

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Management - New Zealand Website

If you live in New Zealand, and especially near Rotorua, I highly recommend you check out this site 'Rotorua Pain Specialists' especially the part on 'Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Management'

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