I read about mirror therapy that is applied to relief phantom limb pain (pain allocated in missing body parts). In this mirror therapy the affected take a mirror and mirror their non-missing body part over to the missing one, creating an illusion for their brain that the missing body part is back. Then they do excercises to show the brain that the missing body part not only is back but that it also is in good shape and unhurt. This apparently helps the brain to relief the pain, in an “oh sorry my bad - was sending pain signals where there should be none” kind of way.
My question is this: did anybody here try mirror therapy for our kind of pain, or knows anything about this?
In our cases we are (typically) not missing limbs, so what do I even mean by mirror therapy? Well, we might not be missing limbs but our eyes are looking away from our pain areas, so in order to show the brain that our teeth/tongue/face etc is actually unhurt, we need a mirror regardless.
So the idea would be to look at the affected area in the mirror and do similar excercises as the phantom limb patients do (this should work best with moveable parts, e.g. tongue if you have tongue pain - but possibly could work also when the part itself cannot move).
I looked for studies on this but couldn’t find any. Maybe this has never been studied, or maybe also never actually tried.
Any thoughts, ideas, experiences anyone?