In 2002, the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada, headed by Roy Romanow contended that human resources were a key factor in health care service delivery. Romanow recognized that doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals like physiotherapists, speech therapists are important in terms of quality and accessibility of the health system. However, Romanow also recognized that the health system would be overwhelmed if we had to pay for all the unpaid care provided by family care-partners.
The patient places the affected limb inside the box and the “normal” limb rests outside of the box with its mirror image replacing the affected limb. The patient looks into the mirror on the side with the normal limb and makes “mirror symmetric” movements. Because the patient is seeing the reflected image of the normal hand moving, it appears as if the affected limb is also moving. Through the use of this artificial visual feedback it becomes possible for the patient to “move” the affected limb and to reduce pain.