Pain / Anesthetics

Can meditation, hypnosis, and CBT help address the opioid crisis?

A first-of-its-kind review and meta-analysis of specialized literature suggests that mind-body therapies, such as meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy, can help ease physical pain and prevent the development of opioid use disorder. Share on PinterestMeditation and other mind-body therapies could help relieve pain and reduce opioid use, according to a new review. Opioids are a […]

Neurology / Neuroscience Pain / Anesthetics

How to treat peripheral neuropathy naturally

The peripheral nerves send information to the brain and spinal cord. Damage to these nerves can affect their signaling, resulting in a variety of painful or otherwise unusual sensations. Doctors call this damage peripheral neuropathy. People with peripheral neuropathy may experience painful tingling, hot and cold sensations, or shooting pains in the affected area. As […]

Pain / Anesthetics Psychology / Psychiatry

Doctors’ beliefs about treatment affect patients’ experience of pain

New research finds that the placebo effect may be socially contagious. In other words, a doctor’s beliefs about whether or not a pain treatment will work can exert a subtle influence on how much pain the patient will actually experience. Share on PinterestA doctor’s display of confidence in a treatment may make it more effective. […]