About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Distraction Eases Pain

by Nancy Needhima on February 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Font : A-A+

Distraction Eases Pain

Experts recommend that by distracting yourself from pain it can in fact help you hurt less.

In a new study that involved 33 people, participants who were subjected to slight pain on their forearms reported less discomfort when they were asked to perform a distracting mental test as the pain was delivered.

Advertisement

Moreover, when participants were given a placebo "pain relief" cream, and distracted at the same time, their pain was even more reduced.

"Both placebo and distraction are effective mechanisms for reducing pain. You can combine them and you don't lose anything," said study researcher Jason Buhle, who conducted the research as part of his doctoral dissertation from Columbia University.
Advertisement

The work sheds light on how the placebo effect may work, Buhle said.

Previously, it had been thought that the placebo effect was the result of some - perhaps unconscious - mental effort, but the new results suggest that it relies on a separate mechanism from distraction.

What the researchers found was that the placebo cream and the distracting test both had lessened the participants' pain, but distraction made for a much more effective pain reliever.

"It's clear that [distraction] is very powerful, and it was not uncommon for someone with a distraction condition to say, 'Did you really turn it on?" Buhle said.

"Sometimes they won't even feel the pain... It is striking to see."

By contrast, he said, "Nobody says that after the placebo."

Calling the findings "intriguing," Dr. Ian Cook, director of the UCLA Depression Research and Clinic Program, said the study helps point to a new path for non-drug treatments for pain.

It would be interesting to see the effect of distraction on other conditions where the placebo effect has shown an impact, such as anxiety, Cook said.

The study was recently published in the journal Psychological Science.

Source: ANI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
World AIDS Day 2022 - Equalize!
Test Your Knowledge on Sugar Intake and Oral Health
Test  Your Knowledge on Heart
View all
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Most Popular on Medindia

Color Blindness Calculator Drug - Food Interactions A-Z Drug Brands in India Find a Hospital Drug Side Effects Calculator Noscaphene (Noscapine) Daily Calorie Requirements Loram (2 mg) (Lorazepam) Diaphragmatic Hernia Indian Medical Journals
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
×

Distraction Eases Pain Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests