Pain Relief Blog

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

Changing Attitudes About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Ableism says, “if you aren’t as able as I am, you are less.” This can filter into a huge variety of attitudes towards Complex Regional Pain Syndrome patients, many of them well-meaning yet not particularly thoughtful. [...]

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 [...]