Posts Tagged ‘pain’

Meditation and Pain

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010


Research to be published in the journal Pain concluded that people who meditate regularly “find pain less unpleasant because their brains anticipate the pain less.” The researchers studied a group of individuals with varying lengths of time meditating ranging from months to decades. It was only the most advanced whose anticipation and pain differed from non-meditators. The researchers found that certain areas of the brain showed less activity as meditators anticipated pain and this was least active in anticipation of pain for advanced meditators with up to 35 years of practice. Researchers also stated “meditation trains the brain to be more present focused and therefore spend less time anticipating future negative events. Further research should be carried out evaluating how how the brain is changed by meditation. More information is available at:

Natural Ways to Deal with Back Pain

Sunday, May 16th, 2010


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On the Holistic Health Show yesterday Dr Carl O Helvie interviewed Frank Titus (left) and Mitchell Yass (right) on natural ways to treat back pain.
Frank has a B.S. degree in Exercise {Physiology and is founder of Health Through Motion and uses Titus Motion Therapy with high profile entertainment and sports individuals. More information was presented earlier on this blog or can be found at

Mitchell Yass is a physical therapist and is known as the “Miracle Man” on Long Island for his work with pain. His goal is to help others avoid surgery and drugs in the resolution of back pain. More information is available on an earlier blog and on

Both practitioners say they have achieved over a 90% success rate in resolving pain with natural methods.

Enjoy the interview below.

Those Who Are Older and Have More Money Use More Alternative Treatments for Pain

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010


A study appearing in Pain Medicine concluded that socioeconomic factors, mainly in the form of race and age, play a large role in the use of alternative treatments for chronic pain. In the study those who were white used alternative interventions more frequently than those who were black, and elderly individuals were more likely to use alternative interventions than younger people. The researchers say the differences may be due to alternative therapies attracting individuals with high education levels and income or may be a result of different insurance coverage.

Results were based upon the ethnic and racial disparities in treating chronic pain among 5,750 adults over a six year period. Using the Pain Assessment Inventory Narrative the researchers assessed the treatment methods used, pain-related symptoms, data on socioeconomic characteristics, medical history, and physical and social characteristics in the black and white adults. Alternative treatments considered in the study included manipulation therapy such as chiropractors or physical therapists, biofeedback, and acupuncture.
Thirty five percent reported using at least one form of complementary and alternative therapy with 25% using manipulation, 13% using biofeedback, and 8% using acupuncture.

Two Year Follow Up Study of Exercise and Hand Osteoarthritis

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009


A study was carried out and reported in the Journal of Hand Therapy in 2007 on the effects of strength training among people with hand osteoarthritis. In this 2 year study whole body strength training and gripper exercise were evaluated in terms of hand strength, pain and functioning in adults with radiographic evidence of hand osteoarthritis. Fifty five adults age 65 to 78 and 80% women participated in two years of strength training three times a week. Bilateral gripper exercises (isotonic grip strength) isometric grip strength, pain, and self reported hand and finger functioning were reported at the beginning and the end of the 2 year period. Isotonic grip strength increased by 1.94 kg over the two year period which was significant at the p<0.0003 level; the right and left isometric grip increased 3.62 kg that was significant at the p<0.002 level and p<0.0005 level respectively, and hand pain decreased from 4.77 to 2.62 significant at the p<0.006 level. Hand and finger function scores showed minimal dysfunction at the beginning and at the end. Results suggest that strength train may safely increase grip strength and reduce the pain in older people with hand osteoarthritis.