A pilot study published online this month in the journal Pain Medicine evaluated the safety and effectiveness of vagus nerve stimulation for patients with treatment-resistant fibromyalgia . The vagus nerve is actually a pair of nerves, also known as the tenth cranial nerve. The term “vagus” is Latin for “wandering” –– an appropriate name for this meandering nerve that takes a long, wandering path through the body from its origin in the medulla oblongata (a part of the brain stem) to its end at the colon. The vagus nerve influences a number of different brain processes and conveys information about various body organs to the central nervous system. Vagus nerve stiumlation (VNS) involves implanting a small device (similar to a pacemaker) just below the collarbone. A wire from the stimulator is then run to an electrode attached to the vagus nerve. Once the stimulator has been implanted, it is programmed to generate pulses of electr...
More and more studies show that controlling patients' pain and getting them moving after a total knee replacement (TKR) gives the best results. Doctors are looking for ways to do this. Managing patient's pain in the first 24 hours after surgery seems to be an important key. Better pain control is gained by giving the patient general anesthesia along with a local nerve block at the time of surgery. One of the nerves often blocked is the femoral nerve, which forms from nerve roots in the low back and runs down the front of the thigh. Blocks are also done to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a major nerve that goes down the back of the thigh to the lower leg and foot. This study compared a femoral nerve block alone to a "double block" of the femoral nerve and the sciatic nerve. Pain levels and amount of opiate used were measured every four hours for the first 24 hours. The authors found that patients receiving the double blocks used less pain medication after TKR than those getting ju...
Acupuncture - pain relief; Hypnosis - pain relief; Guided imagery
Alternative medicine refers to treatments that are used instead of conventional (standard) ones. If you use an alternative treatment along with conventional medicine or therapy, it's considered complementary therapy.
There are many forms of alternative medicine.
For many people, acupuncture is an effective means of relieving pain. This may be particularly true for back pain and headache pain. Acupuncture may also help relieve pain due to:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Musculoskeletal injuries (for instance, to the neck, shoulder, knee, or elbow)
How acupuncture relieves pain is not entirely clear.
Hypnosis is a focused state of concentration. Self-hypnosis (in which you repeat a positive ...
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