Pain Management – Joy Rendell
Occupational Therapist Joy Rendell specialises in prosthetic hands and pain management. Joy has 33 years of experience in NHS of which 23 are in prosthetics. Facilitating the clients to achieve what they want and need to do and aspiring to empower them to live a full life.
Joy joined us at Birkdale Neuro Rehabilitation Centre in June 2014. “The centre is vibrant, innovative and has a homely atmosphere” to use Joy’s own words. “I enjoy collaborating with Farshideh and Tia sharing our skills and knowledge.”
Artificial hands come in many styles. From practical, mechanical body powered limbs to the graceful and elegant modern multi articulating hands. Joy has just completed a therapists’ training in use of the i-limb hand. Training focuses on the very latest practices on multi articulating hands.
One of Joy’s recent clients achieved excellent skills and is now able to write, use his phone and eat, all of which we take for granted. This particular client’s hands have both been amputated; therefore learning to operate functional body powered prosthesis and achieve the above tasks is a considerable accomplishment.
Another recent client successfully reduced his phantom pain through Graded Motor Imagery pain management therapy. This is done in three stages.
- Initially the client develops skills in identifying images that are right side or left side. What this means is that the client identifies lets say on a computer screen whether they are seeing a left hand or a right hand.
- The next step is to listen to a visualisation which focuses on relaxation and moving the phantom limb.
- Third level of this process is mirror work in which the client looks at a reflection of their healthy limb but because it is reflected in a mirror, they actually see two limbs. The client’s eyes see both the healthy limb and the phantom limb move together. This integration of experience reduces pain.
One of Joy’s clients managed to reduce his pain killers by two thirds using this method.
Many clients with neurological conditions suffer pain. Joy’s skills in pain management have been very helpful to some of Birkdale Neuro Rehabilitation Centre’s patients. The centre is all encompassing and multi disciplinary aspiring to assist our patients in many different areas.