Maybe each of us would like to know the way to relieve pain, without taking any pills and getting injections.
In addition to your subjective discomfort, all medications have side effects, which may be really serious. Over-the-counter painkillers may lead to peptic ulcers and internal bleeding, if taken for a long time. Prescription drugs, in turn, are highly addictive and may cause many unpleasant effects.
Science moves forward, so it’s completely possible that we'll have this ability soon.
For example, a group of researches conducted a study that involved 36 healthy young adults and 12 people at the age of 30s, who suffered from chronic pain.
For healthy individuals investigators applied heat to the hand, in order to trigger pain without causing burn.
Each of participants was instructed, how to deal with pain. The main rules included shifting attention from painful area to intact body region, perceiving pain as neutral, not frightening, sensation and keeping under the control experience of uncomfortable feelings.
During the study members got real-time scans of their brains, received due to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Four people with chronic pain used another method, called biofeedback. Its main idea is regulating usually involuntary body functions, like heart rate, temperature and blood pressure, with power of person's mind.
Numerous electrodes are fixed to your skin. They send signals from the body to monitor, which shows you all measures.
During the session, biofeedback specialist learn you, how to control body functions with aid of different relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation etc.
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Researchers found that people, who had ability to see scans of the brain area, responsible for perception and regulation of the pain, were more successful in coping with pain than those, who performed biofeedback.
However it's too early to consider this strategy as treatment for chronic pain. More research is needed to prove its effectiveness.
Even though this recent study shows low efficiency of biofeedback, many patients find mindfulness, yoga, deep breathing and other techniques really helpful for alleviation of arthritis, fibromyalgia and other conditions, associated with chronic pain. So it's worth trying them, if you have any painful long-lasting disorder.
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