Posts Tagged ‘pain sensitivity’

Crawling into foetal position eases pain: Study

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Ever wondered why crawling into the foetal position helps alleviate the pain of a bad news or stressful situation or even physical pain?

There is a mental and a physiological explanation to the relief brought by this position, which has been described as a “natural defensive posture” by sports medicine specialist Dr. Bob Adams.

According to Outside Online , the mental side of things has to do with the womb, where we first felt safe and warm, reported.

While explaining the physiological reason, Adams said that by curling up, you relax the skeletal muscles by stopping them from moving around in your belly.

Source: ANI
Image: Getty Images

Extra sleep improves daytime alertness

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Extending nightly sleep in mildly sleepy, healthy adults increases daytime alertness and reduces pain sensitivity, a new study has suggested.

“Our results suggest the importance of adequate sleep in various chronic pain conditions or in preparation for elective surgical procedures. We were surprised by the magnitude of the reduction in pain sensitivity, when compared to the reduction produced by taking codeine,” said Timothy Roehrs, PhD, the study’s principal investigator and lead author.

The study involved 18 healthy, pain-free, sleepy volunteers. They were randomly assigned to four nights of either maintaining their habitual sleep time or extending their sleep time by spending 10 hours in bed per night. Objective daytime sleepiness was measured using the multiple sleep latency test (MSLT), and pain sensitivity was assessed using a radiant heat stimulus.


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