The Mystery of Pain [NOOK Book]

Overview

Why does scratching an itch feel so good? Why is pain from a mosquito bite preferable to the same pain from an unidentified source? Douglas Nelson provides the reader with a comprehensive, practical and highly accessible guide to the scientific understanding of pain. The book explores the different types of pain, providing clear explanations of the processes involved within the body. It examines key issues such as diagnosis and measurement of pain, the placebo effect and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), and takes an ...
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The Mystery of Pain

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Overview

Why does scratching an itch feel so good? Why is pain from a mosquito bite preferable to the same pain from an unidentified source? Douglas Nelson provides the reader with a comprehensive, practical and highly accessible guide to the scientific understanding of pain. The book explores the different types of pain, providing clear explanations of the processes involved within the body. It examines key issues such as diagnosis and measurement of pain, the placebo effect and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), and takes an in depth look at causes and treatment for chronic pain. The book is full of practical advice and small changes one can make to improve the effectiveness of pain treatment. Presented as a personal tutorial for understanding the psychology of pain, this book will be useful for practitioners, patients, and the general reader alike. It will be of particular interest to psychologists, alternative medicine practitioners, massage therapists and psychotherapists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857011169
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 826,363
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Douglas Nelson is a licensed massage therapist from Champaign, Illinois (USA) and has been in practice since 1977. In addition to his therapy clinic with multiple practitioners, his teaching institute (NMT MidWest) has conducted hundreds of seminars in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy to manual therapy providers in the USA and abroad.
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Table of Contents

Preface: Understanding that I Don't Understand. 1. A Deeper Understanding. 2. Alarms and Fires and Alarms Without Fires. 3. That Which Can be Known, But Not Seen. 4. Nocere. 5. Modulation. 6. Central Sensitization. 7. When the System Goes Awry: Sensitization. 8. Meaning and Context. 9. Attention. 10. Fear. Memory and Pain. Fear and Hypervigilance. Fear of Movement. Diagnosis and Fear. 11. Placebo. 12. Trigger Points. 13. Phantom Limb. 14. Social Support. 15. Fibromyalgia. 16. The Pendulum. Index.
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  • Posted April 2, 2014

    What a cracker of a book, enlightening and understandable, learn

    What a cracker of a book, enlightening and understandable, learns so much about pain both on a emotional level and  a physical one, and I didn't realize there are two  types of pain, one with a warning signa dnt eh other with a purpose. This was a lifelong journey for the writer into understanding, healing and awareness. How the brain and psyche and numerous factors influence the pain and how the body responds.
    How pain affects emotions and centers in the brain involving movements, memory, decision making and more, all these play an important role in protecting us during acute pain, the pain mechanism is meant to protect us from harm and ends up making us miserable.

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