Chronic pain is known to cause brain anatomy changes and impairments, but yoga can be an important tool for preventing or even reversing the effects of chronic pain on the brain, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) official speaking at the American Pain Society’s annual meeting… M. Catherine Bushnell, PhD, scientific director, Division of Intramural Research, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH…
Since when did alternative treatments fall under the heading of “science”?
Let’s see, yoga can not only prevent chronic pain, it can reverse it? Seriously? Is this woman trying to say that yoga is a cure for chronic pain? I wonder how many chronic pain patients this treatment has been tested on for her to make this kind of statement?
I think oncologists should start prescribing yoga for their cancer patients. And dentists should start prescribing it after root canals. Break a bone? Do some yoga. Suffer from migraines or Trigeminal Neuralgia? Do some yoga. (And good luck.)
“Imaging studies in multiple types of chronic pain patients show their brains differ from healthy control subjects,” said Bushnell. “Studies of people with depression show they also have reduced gray matter, and this could contribute to the gray matter changes in pain patients who are depressed. Our research shows that gray matter loss is directly related to the pain when we take depression into account,” said Bushnell…
From chronic pain immediately to depression… How many chronic pain patients suffer from Major Depressive Disorder? Not too many, or else antidepressants would be a lot more successful in treating pain.
The side effects of living with chronic pain can easily be mistaken for depression, but these two conditions are not the same. They are distinctly different. But I would guess that when pain is not adequately managed, that could be a catalyst for depression.
Hey, yoga for Major Depressive Disorder too! (And good luck.)
Bushnell said there is compelling evidence from studies conducted at NIH/NCCIH and other sites that mind-body techniques, such as yoga and meditation, can counteract the brain anatomy affects of chronic pain. “Practicing yoga has the opposite effect on the brain as does chronic pain,” said Bushnell.
So does eating chocolate. Hey, chocolate for treating chronic pain and depression! (And good luck.)
She said the studies show yoga practitioners have more gray matter than controls in multiple brain regions, including those involved in pain modulation. “Some gray matter increases in yogis correspond to duration of yoga practice, which suggests there is a causative link between yoga and gray matter increases,” Bushnell noted.
Well, if you say so… But saying so doesn’t make it true (unless you work in alternative “medicine”).
I’m not saying that mediation and yoga can’t help chronic pain patients, but just like self-hypnosis, there will only be a small percentage of patients who are able to make these treatments work.
The revision from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) was mandated as part of the omnibus budget measure signed by President Obama… The center’s research priorities include the study of complementary approaches — such as spinal manipulation, meditation, and massage — to manage pain and other symptoms that are not always well-addressed by conventional treatments…
The relationship between chronic pain and depression is complex, and nonorganic chronic pain has been hypothesised (at least in some cases) as the expression of an underlying affective disturbance… The DST test results did not suggest the existence of a close relationship between chronic pain and major depressive disorder; however, a wider relationship between chronic pain and affective disturbances, at least in a subgroup of patients, cannot be ruled out.