If you are suffering from chronic pain, pain management can improve your quality of life. Everyone knows that prescription or over-the-counter pain medication have numerous side effects and health risks. That is the reason why people have become fearful to take over-the-counter drugs. In order to remedy this situation, research and new discoveries on pain management are being made every day to find more effective ways of treating and handling pain without doing harm to the body.
A patient in pain must find a suitable pain management treatment. The success or failure of chronic pain management treatment can vary from one patient to another because there is no one pain treatment that will work on all types of pain. There is a possibility that a certain technique may work for one person but may not work for others.
There are different kinds of pain management treatments and techniques. These include pain medications which reduce or eliminate pain almost immediately. These are either prescription medication or over-the-counter medication. There are also alternative treatments and therapies such as exercise, hydrotherapy or warm water therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, relaxation, hypnosis, application of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or TENS, and surgery.
A study made by Stanford University students introduces yet another alternative pain management technique with the aid of magnetic resonance imaging or MRI. The study revealed that when real-time images of their brain scans were shown to persons who were in pain, these images made it possible for them to change the way they felt their pain.
In the experiment, each person was told to focus his attention on a part of his or her body that was pain free, to treat and visualize pain as something neutral and not as something that is agonizing, to think of the pain intensity and treat it as either high or low, and to be in full control of the pain at all times and not the other way around.
During the session, each person could see the real-time behavior of his or her brain. The MRI images showed the actual reactions occurring in the brain of the participant. By seeing the brain reactions, especially those corresponding to pain, the participants were able to learn how to control these reactions by applying the instructions given to them beforehand. Since it is always easier to control things which can be seen, the participants in the experiment were actually able to control the degree of pain that they felt only by using the power of the mind. However, the results of the experiment will still have to be supplemented by further studies and testing before it can be used as a tool in pain management.
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