The Mystery of Pain

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Pain is something that all of us have experienced, yet few people truly understand the science behind pain, something which is fundamental if we are to go any way in influencing or controlling it.

This book presents a comprehensive guide to the current scientific research into pain, and provides possible strategies for overcoming it. It covers the history of the different models for understanding pain, and clarifies the different types of ...

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Overview

Pain is something that all of us have experienced, yet few people truly understand the science behind pain, something which is fundamental if we are to go any way in influencing or controlling it.

This book presents a comprehensive guide to the current scientific research into pain, and provides possible strategies for overcoming it. It covers the history of the different models for understanding pain, and clarifies the different types of pain, providing clear, accessible scientific explanations for the structures and processes involved. It examines key issues such as the placebo effect, fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), and how social support and understanding can be powerful tools in reducing the devastating effects of pain. The book also looks at diagnosis and measurement of pain, and how different models of thinking affect the relationship between patient and clinician.

Approaching pain in a practical and scientific way, the book helps readers understand the processes of pain at the most basic physical, and more complex psychological, levels. It will be essential reading to anyone who wants to know more about pain and pain management, alternative medicine practitioners, massage therapists and psychotherapists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848191525
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/15/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 602,643
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Nelson has been a practicing massage therapist for over 35 years. He is the founder and principle instructor of Precision NMT seminars, and he has taught numerous seminars to a range of audiences including physicians and the general public. He is a member of the International Myopain Association and the International Association for the Study of Pain and a regular contributor to Massage and Bodywork magazine. Douglas is also the president of BodyWork Associates, a 16 therapist massage therapy clinic in Illinois which has been in operation since 1982. He has treated thousands of clients over the years, from the NBA to the NFL, factory workers and high level musicians who suffer musculoskeletal pain.

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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. 17. Definitions.

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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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