Navigation Links
Study Explores Distraction's Role in Pain Relief
Date:5/17/2012

THURSDAY, May 17 (HealthDay News) -- Mental distractions can act as a form of pain relief, according to a new study.

Study volunteers were asked to complete a difficult or easy memory task while a painful level of heat was applied to their arms. The participants perceived less pain when they were more distracted by the harder of the two memory tasks.

Using functional MRI, the German researchers also found that the lower levels of pain were associated with reduced activity in the spinal cord.

The study appears May 17 in the journal Current Biology.

The findings show that the reduced pain associated with distraction isn't just a mental process, but also a physical mechanism that reduces the amount of pain signals traveling from the spinal cord to the brain, said study author Christian Sprenger of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, in a journal news release.

The pain-reducing effects of distraction involved endogenous opioids, which are naturally produced by the brain and play an important role in pain relief, according to the release.

To confirm the findings, the study was repeated but with some participants receiving a drug that blocks the opioids produced by the body. Distraction was much less effective for those participants.

The researchers said their findings lend support to the use of cognitive behavioral methods in treating pain.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about pain.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Current Biology, news release, May 17, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Early Study Hints at Link Between Certain Sunscreens, Endometriosis
2. Researchers undertake radical new cancer survivorship study
3. Experimental Drug Helps Fight Some Childhood Cancers, Study Finds
4. Benefits of Widespread Statin Use Outweigh Risks: Study
5. Study Shows MS Patients at Most Risk for Drug-Linked Brain Illness
6. Study Links Antibiotic to Slight Rise in Heart Patients Death Risk
7. U.S. Assistance to Africa Cut AIDS-Related Deaths: Study
8. Steroid Nasal Sprays Show Small Benefit for Sinusitis: Study
9. Inhaled Steroids Lead to Big Drop in Asthma Deaths at Texas Hospital: Study
10. New inflammation hormone link may pave way to study new drugs for Type 2 diabetes
11. Study highlights need for coordination of care in stage 2 and 3 rectal cancer treatment
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Study Explores Distraction's Role in Pain Relief
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple ... care services, staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster ... Fire Department, Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s ... Alexandria Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s ... The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the ... danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains ... a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and ... plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway ... store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Asante, a nationally recognized health system in ... existing home health joint venture through an agreement, effective October 1, 2017, to ... home health company with Asante, delivering clinically integrated care, for the past eight ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... -- NDS received FDA 510(k) clearance in May 2017 for its highly ... designed for endoscopy environments. An innovative secondary monitor solution, ZeroWire ... support the improvement of patient outcomes, procedural efficiency, and the lowering ... ... ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product Development Company ... "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will educate the user ... with better efficiency compared to the dated and pricey ... on efficacy of the compression for a more informed ... goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... third quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. ... day with the investment community and media to further ... call will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, ... webcast of the conference call through a link that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: