Bardsley does graded motor imagery therapy at home to ease her chronic pain. She puts her affected left arm in a black box with a mirror on it and places her right arm next to it. Then she moves both arms at the same time. When she sees the reflection of her good arm, the hope is that it helps trick her brain into thinking that both arms are pain-free. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bardsley)

Bardsley does graded motor imagery therapy at home to ease her chronic pain. She puts her affected left arm in a black box with a mirror on it and places her right arm next to it. Then she moves both arms at the same time. When she sees the reflection of her good arm, the hope is that it helps trick her brain into thinking that both arms are pain-free. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bardsley)

Therapy helped ease debilitating pain after injury

Columnist Jennifer Bardsley shares her experiences with complex regional pain syndrome.

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