Pain Relief Blog

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

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 [...]

How to Cope with Painful Episodes

If you experience Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, you know your pain levels fluctuate. Sometimes it's tolerable, and sometimes it takes over entirely. Some people can predict episodes based on their triggers, while for others the [...]

Benefits of Warm Baths

Many people suffer from musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia. If you have been suffering from painful conditions, consider perhaps the oldest form of alternative therapy: soaking in warm water. Here [...]

Heat or Ice for Sore Muscles?

When treating muscle pain, should you opt for cold or hot therapy? This tends to confuse people who have had different results with different methods of pain relief. Some think it's better to go for [...]

7 Bad Back Habits to Avoid

Back pain may result from a recent or past injury. It can develop gradually over time from repetitive motion, or from lack thereof. While seeking out assistance in diagnosing and treating your back can help [...]