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Pain Management

Scientists validate light therapy field of holistic medicine: light can halt pain


The future of pain management in humans could eventually center less around what people take for their aches and pains and more around what they shine at them. Experimental new research at Stanford University's Bio-X laboratory has found that unconventional light therapy can be used to mitigate chronic pain without the need for pharmaceutical drugs, an amazing breakthrough that has the potential to completely change the way modern medicine deals with pain.

Exclusive: Cognitive pain management breakthrough far better choice than back surgery, says surgeon


A Washington-based orthopedic surgeon who has developed a pain management system for sufferers of chronic back pain says it is a much better alternative to back surgeries which have low success rates.

Sleep pillow plus exercise best for neck pain

Tue Feb 6, 2007

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sleeping with a neck support pillow and doing neck exercises can help ease chronic neck pain, Canadian researchers report.

"Our results indicate that subjects with chronic neck pain should be treated by health professionals trained to teach both exercises and the appropriate use of a neck support pillow during sleep; either strategy alone will not give the desired clinical benefit," Dr. Hugh A. Smythe at the University of Toronto, Ontario, and colleagues conclude.

Sleep pillow plus exercise best for neck pain

Tue Feb 6, 2007

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Sleeping with a neck support pillow and doing neck exercises can help ease chronic neck pain, Canadian researchers report.

"Our results indicate that subjects with chronic neck pain should be treated by health professionals trained to teach both exercises and the appropriate use of a neck support pillow during sleep; either strategy alone will not give the desired clinical benefit," Dr. Hugh A. Smythe at the University of Toronto, Ontario, and colleagues conclude.

Tool may improve pain management in nursing homes

Fri Mar 10, 2006

By Karla Gale

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An experimental "Pain Medication Appropriateness Scale" (PMAS) appears to be a useful tool for assessing the suitability of prescribing practices in nursing homes and for testing whether interventions to improve prescribing behavior are effective, investigators report.

PAIN MANAGEMENT NATURAL APPROACH

By Timothy Schwaiger, MA, NMD

"The mind is seldom quickened to very vigorous operations but by pain, or the dread of pain. We do not disturb ourselves with the detection of fallacies which do us no harm." - Samuel Johnson

Every person experiences some level of physical pain during his or her life. Pain not only has various causes, each person’s response to pain is unique.

Device makers vie in pain treatment market

By Susan Kelly

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Medical device makers are battling in the fast-growing market for implantable systems that manage debilitating pain in patients for whom medical alternatives, such as drugs or spine surgery, have failed.

The devices, about the size of a pager, are typically implanted in the abdomen or buttocks and block the sensation of pain by sending electricity via an insulated wire to the spinal cord.

Pain has a Purpose!

Pain is produced by the body as part of an overall plan for survival. Pain is nature’s way of setting off an alarm. When it sounds, it means that something is trying to steal your health. It means something is tampering with your correct body function. It means you had better start doing something to stop the theft.