Visually Induced Analgesia during Massage Treatment in Chronic Back Pain Patients

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Visually Induced Analgesia during Massage Treatment in Chronic Back Pain Patients
Key Take-Away: 

Visually induced analgesia has emerged as a promising treatment approach for reducing pain.

Previous findings have suggested that watching sites of experimental and chronic pain can exert an analgesic effect.

ABSTRACT: 
Background: 

Previous findings have suggested that watching sites of experimental and chronic pain can exert an analgesic effect.

The present study investigated whether watching one's back during massage increases the analgesic effect of this treatment in chronic back pain patients.

Methods: 

Twenty patients with chronic back pain were treated with a conventional massage therapy. During this treatment, patients received a real-time video feedback of their own back.

Watching a neutral object, a video of another person of the same sex being massaged, a picture of the own back, and keeping one's eyes closed were used as controls. These conditions were presented in randomized order on five separate days.

Results: 

All conditions yielded significant decreases in habitual pain intensity.

The effect of real-time video feedback of the own back on massage treatment was the strongest and differed significantly from the effect of watching a neutral object, but not from the other control conditions, which may have induced slight effects of their own.

 

Conclusion: 

Repeated real-time video feedback may be useful during massage treatment of chronic pain. This study showed that inducing visual induced analgesia during massage treatment can be helpful in alleviating chronic pain.

 

Source:

European Journal of Pain

Link to the source:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ejp.1066/abstract

The original title of the article:

Visually induced analgesia during massage treatment in chronic back pain patients

Authors:

A. Löffler et al.

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