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Pain and the Brain

This study done at Stanford University School of Medicine trained 36 healthy subjects and 8 subjects with chronic pain using a new technology called real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging. The study looked at whether people with chronic pain would be able to reduce their pain levels by studying their own live brain images. It was found that patients were able to control activity in one of the pain centers of the brain through the use of mental exercises and by visualizing their own brain activity. With repeated practice their ability to control their pain increased significantly. de Charms CR, Maeda Fm, Glover GH, et al. “Control Over Brain Activation and Pain Learned by Using Real-Time Functional MRI.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 102(51):18626-18631, 2005, December.

http://www.pnas.org/cgi/reprint/102/51/18626?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=&fulltext=sean+mackey&searchid=1136570538864_5191&FIRSTINDEX=0&journalcode=pnas




   

 

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