An excerpt from my transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS) article, describing an important basic principle that explains why so many people “swear by” so many different kinds of treatment methods: Pain is completely controlled by an overprotective brain that likes to sound the alarm too loudly, too often, regardless of what’s actually going on in tissues. […]
The idea of “toxins” is usually used as a tactic to scare people into buying de-toxifying snake oil of one sort or another. What is meant by it? The folks who sell detoxification are notoriously vague. I delved into this while writing an update for my Epsom salts article recently, and it ended up being […]
Spinal manipulation probably does not “make you immortal” … or even accomplish any lesser miracles. It probably just (at best) creates “a non-specific neurophysiological effect that may transiently improve pain, range of motion, and function about the spine.” From this nicely presented and cheeky evaluation of spinal manipulation by Nick Hannah, PT: Only the immortality […]
• Hypnosis can be combined with education in patients with chronic low back pain.• The addition of hypnosis improves pain intensity, disability, and catastrophizing.• The beneficial effects are enhanced, at least in the short and medium-term.• The intervention can be offered in group settings.
Hypnosis Enhances the Effects of Pain Education in Patients with […]