Pain Relief Blog

Pain Relief Blog 2018-01-17T12:23:24+00:00

10 Steps from Patient to Person from ACPA

Scratching an acceptable quality of life out of the mud that is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is difficult, but not impossible. The American Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Association suggests 10 coping skills that will clear [...]

Risks of Long-term Over-the-Counter Drug Use

“Over the counter” is not a synonym for “no side effects.” Any medicine that can treat a symptom will also be powerful enough to cause harm. If you don’t know what to watch for, you put [...]

What is Biofeedback for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome?

Neurofeedback techniques are heaving with contention, myth, and misunderstandings, so it’s no surprise they find themselves in evidence-based medicine blogs so often. The therapy works on the basis of abnormal brain patterns. Patients are hooked [...]

The Relationship Between Emotional and Physical Pain

The space between physiology and emotion grows smaller with each passing study, and the reasons are more obvious than you might think: The physiological and emotional pain centers in the brain overlap. fMRI studies show that [...]

The Nocebo Effect and Pain Management

There’s an excellent reason some doctors don’t warn their patients about medication side effects. When you expect negative symptoms, you’re more likely to experience them, a phenomenon known as the nocebo effect. When researchers used fMRI [...]

Can Placebos Relieve Pain?

When doctors run clinical trials on animals, they have to do so in a way that doesn’t trigger the placebo effect. If this odd medical quirk is powerful in four legged creatures, how much more [...]

How Evolution Causes Back Pain

Mankind might be at the top of the food chain, but it’s not because we have perfectly adapted bodies. Evolution has done a fair job of providing opposable thumbs and an efficient brain, but perhaps the [...]

Evolutionary Biologists Puzzled Over Pain

Painful tissue damage and inflammation tell you that they are there and need care, but even Richard Dawkins can’t find the evolutionary advantage of agony over a more tolerable, subtle ache or other signal.  Without pain, [...]

What are trigger points?

The term “trigger point” comes with enough contention to make a doctor drop her stethoscope. It's said to be an area of sensitive connective tissue that radiates pain, and while myofascial tissue is prone to painful [...]

This is Your Brain on Pain

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is more than a frustration or a nuisance, it can truly impact every aspect of your life. It reduces your quality of life. Pain can be challenging to treat. Medications work [...]