Your mind’s power over your body cannot be undermined. A recent PLOS Biology study proved once again that mindset is very significant in any sensory experience, particularly those involving pain. In the experiment, subjects were given thermal stimulations and asked to imagine the pain being more intense or less so throughout the test. They were supposed to picture the heat they were feeling as hot enough to melt or scorch their skin (like how a metal rod would) or as mild and warm enough to be quite pleasant (like when you snuggle under a blanket in front of the fireplace).The results were quite interesting. When the participants “mentally increased” the sensations, they became more painful, and when they visualized something more pleasurable, the pain subsided. The author concluded that the technique can be used to make exercises more comfortable, especially when you start feeling your muscles becoming sore or your feet developing a blister.
The prevalence of back pain, and the risk of becoming disabled because of untreated back pain, cannot be understated. In fact, 1 in 2 working Americans have admitted to experiencing symptoms of back pain each year, and 31 million Americans experience low-back pain. The causes for back pain have been traced to injuries, sometimes even poor posture, which sprains or ruptures ligaments, muscles, joints, or discs that comprises the spine. Now, a recent study shed light on many more reasons behind the sometimes nagging back pain which needs attention from a trusted Memphis chiropractor, and, according to this new research, these causes of back pain could happen more often than you think.