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Yoga is not just for relaxation. Yoga breathing and relaxation techniques can ease chronic pain according to an assistant professor, Neil Pearson, at the University of British Columbia. Pearson is offering free online information sessions (webinars) for those interested in learning more. Pearson explains that pain changes everything in a person’s life from thoughts to movement to relationships.
A step forward for pain management is to move beyond finding a simple remedy for pain. By the time most people accept that their pain condition is long term, their nervous system has already become “locked in” to a pattern of pain. This pain pattern leads to shallow breathing, tight muscles and spasms. This pain pattern causes a “hyper-vigilant” nervous system.
Yoga can help reset the system and break away from stiffness. Chronic pain is common amongst Canadians of all ages and can stem from a variety of causes including car accidents, falls, sports injuries, arthritis, digestive disorders and back problems.
If you are in constant pain, you should blame your genes, says a new scientific study. Scientists have identified genes that interact with each other to regulate pain in humans. They found that differences in these genes may influence people’s sensitivity to pain. The method used to study and target these genes is called “exome sequencing”- a strategy used to sequence genetic coding.
The study notes that chronic pain is a significant burden on individuals and on the economy. Exome sequencing could be used to find important pathways in other common conditions. The results showed different patterns of genetic variants in each group, the pain sensitive people had less variation of DNA compared to those who were less sensitive to pain.
It is known that people who are most sensitive to pain in general, are those who are most likely to develop chronic pain. Understanding the underlying genetic factors of chronic pain can help researchers understand the biology of pain and new areas to target for therapy. Research for chronic pain is important because current treatments can be expensive, have limited efficacy or significant side effects.
It turns out that Morphine can actually cause pain in some people. Research from the Universite Laval in Quebec City has shown that there is a molecular pathway by which morphine can actually increase pain, but at the same time, provides insight for how morphine can be effective for more patients.
The research team includes representatives from Quebec, Ontario, the U.S. and Italy.
The research identifies a target pathway to suppress morphine-induced pain, and was able to distinguish the pain hypersensivity caused by morphine from tolerance to it. Previously it was thought that pain hypersensitivity and tolerance were caused by the same mechanisms.
The study demonstrates that cellular and signalling processes for morphine tolerance are markedly different from those of morphine-induced pain. This research is important, because the usual line of thinking is that when morphine doesn't reduce pain, a higher dosage is needed, but sometimes increasing the dosage has a paradoxical effect.
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