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What is the most powerful pain reliever? Morphine ? Oxycontin ? Fentanyl? Oxymorphone? Methadone? Hydrocodone? Cymbalta ? Lyrica ? Lidocaine?
The answer is none of the above. None of these chemicals have enough power to top this weapon against pain. The most powerful pain reliever is not a chemical, a machine, or a potion. I will give you a hint. It starts with a "D" and ends with an "N". Give up?
Distraction. Yes, that's right; distraction is the most powerful pain reliever in the world according the David Butler, author of Explain Pain and world renowned expert. At the time, he was speaking to a group of manual therapists and doctors. No one in this audience could guess the answer. But, when he said, "Distraction is the most powerful pain reliever", everyone else said, "Of course, brilliant!" Now, before you react to this eye-opening information, imagine this:
Your house is on fire, flames shooting from most windows. All you can think about is poor, precious Mr. Kitty in t...
Acupuncture has been used to relieve pain for 4,000 years, but scientists have had a hard time pinning down exactly how it works. A new study conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center and published online May 30 in Nature Neuroscience , identifies adenosine as a central player in the pain-relieving effects of acupuncture in the body. Adenosine is one of the body's natural painkillers, has anti-inflammatory properties and is known to help regulate sleep. It's pain-killing properties become active in the skin after an injury to inhibit nerve signals and ease pain in a way similar to lidocaine. Study Methods and Results The research team performed acupuncture treatments on mice that had discomfort in one paw. The mice each received a 30-minute acupuncture treatment with very fine needles rotated gently every five minutes, much as is done in standard acupuncture treatments with people. The researchers found that:
In mice with nor...
Complex regional pain syndrome is a little understood but very painful syndrome that can begin after a seemingly minor injury. What makes this syndrome even more puzzling is the allodynia , severe pain results from a relatively harmless action, such as brushing lightly against the affected limb. Because it is neuropathic , or nerve pain, it is particularly hard to treat. Many of the medications that are tried have side effects that may make them unbearable for the patient, regardless of the ability to relieve pain. For this reason, researchers are constantly working on finding an alternative for people living with this disorder. Ketamine is a powerful anesthetic that is used mostly by veterinarians, but may be used for humans. It causes the person to feel as if he or she isn't part of the pain, it's often called a dissociative anesthetic . Using smaller doses, not enough to induce unconsciousness, may help relieve some types of pain, most often after surgery, but also chronic pain. But i...
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