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and Sounds of Nature Ease Pain
Bringing nature into
the hospital room meant less pain for patients having a common but
uncomfortable lung procedure, new research shows. A recording
of a gurgling brook and a large mural of a mountain stream in a
spring meadow helped bronchoscopy patients control their pain much
more than patients not treated to any calming distractions, say
scientists at Johns Hopkins University of School of Medicine.
Childhood Asthma Relief
Whatever the level of
asthma, or similar respiratory problems suffered by young children,
Bowen seems to reduce the level of attack very quickly and
Predicts Whiplash Disability
A test of a patient's
range of neck motion after an accident can accurately determine
whether that person will be disabled a year later, a new study
says. Danish pain researchers say the test could help determine
who is likely to recover quickly from whiplash and who will develop a
chronic condition called late whiplash syndrome.
Key Role in Pain Relief Identified
A single protein plays
a pivotal role in pain relief response to a wide variety of drugs and
likely is the key to differences in the way men and women respond to
pain, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin said. The
research also revealed that the protein, called GIRK2, participates in
the body's built-in pain relief system that is activated by exercise.
Technique Helps Entire Body
She had been leaning
against a balcony rail which had given way 3 years before. She
landed on her head and left shoulder. Her pain was
constant. As a result, she was always tired and was virtually an
had constant headaches, shoulder pain, low back and buttocks
pain. She was terrified of any type of bodywork. Someone
told her that the Bowen technique was very light and painless.
She was desperate. She was taking over 16 pain killers every
day. So she decided to give it a try.
practitioner waited a full 5 minutes between each set of moves and
touched her so lightly she barely felt them. After the session
she rested for about 30 minutes. As she tried to sit up, she
felt light headed and dizzy, so she had to lie down in a fetal
position for another 15 minutes until it passed.
she finally stood up, she had no back, neck or shoulder pain, nor did
she have a headache. But she still had pain in her buttocks,
which radiated down to her ankles. She felt exhausted.
next day, she woke up pain free above the buttocks, with no
headache, but the sciatic pain down her leg had gotten worse.
She called the practitioner and frantically begged for another Bowen
session, but was told she had to wait at least one week.
the 4th day after her session she called to say she was totally pain
free - and that her body felt a little
"strange." She has been well ever since.
and Pain Relief
Biofeedback is a tool
that helps sufferers alleviate their own pain. By means of
devices sensitive to very small changes in bodily conditions, it allows the
user to monitor and fine-tune the connections between emotions and health.
mind can play an important role in treating headaches and other types
of chronic pain. Oten enough, however, our minds aren't primed to help
our bodies relax, but are filled with tension and stress. Biofeedback
helps us to recognize and control such states. Specifically, it
can you to release the tension in your muscles and improve your
circulation, two steps that can significantly ease may types of pain.
May Soothe The Savage Backache
While music is thought
to soothe the savage beast, a new study suggests it might come in
handy when taming that bad back as well, according to a study
presented recently by Austrian researchers at the 10th World Congress
of Pain. The key may be using the music as a tool to help relax
muscles and dissolve tension, according to researchers.
Can Wreak Havoc on Your Liver
Doctors know the
liver-damaging dangers of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in
Tylenol, but the general public still needs to get the message, a
survey of doctors reveals. More than 95 percent of doctors in
Michigan were aware that acetaminophen can wreak havoc with the liver
of those who take more than three alcoholic drinks a day or who take
more than the recommended 24-hour dose, the survey shows.
However, only 60 percent of the doctors knew the dangers of fasting
and taking the drug.
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