How to Manage Stress for Pain Relief
Chronic pain is a very uncomfortable and worrisome experience. Those who live with it, perhaps after suffering injuries or perhaps living with a condition like arthritis, worry about flare-ups every day. A new health breakthrough says that avoiding stress is key for pain relief.
This particular study wanted to measure specific indicators that are related to stress, in 16 patients with chronic back pain and in 18 healthy people. The indicators they used were cortisol levels (also known as the “stress hormone”), people’s perception of their own pain, the size of their hippocampus (the brain region involved in pain and anxiety), and how the brain responds to painful stimulation.
A key finding was that people who live with chronic pain have higher levels of cortisol than healthy people. Visit for more information.