Thursday, October 13, 2022

Sound + Electrical stimuli Can Fight Pain

This research MEME has been about for as long as grasped that both existed.  Recall Frankenstein?

Yet maybe now we can properly address it all. right now as i write this. my mnid or a key cognitive component is listening to background musiv coming through a pair of comfortable earphones.  That part of my nervous system is not listening to the rest of my body for pain.

At the same time, it should be possible to use local electrostimulation to to ameliorate painful nerve damage.  We just need to get good at using such tools and we really need to teach pain victims to use it all.  that likely means getting good at putting short accupuncture needles into your pressure points to adjust painlevels.

That self care aspect may make all the difference!

Sound + Electrical stimuli Can Fight Pain

Scientists have found that electrical stimulation of the body combined with sound activates the brain’s somatosensory or “tactile” cortex, increasing the potential for using the technique to treat chronic pain and other sensory disorders. The researchers tested the non-invasive technique on animals and are planning clinical trials on humans in the near future.

During the study, published in the Journal of Neural Engineering, the researchers played broadband sound while electrically stimulating different parts of the body in guinea pigs. They found that the combination of the two activated neurons in the brain’s somatosensory cortex, which is responsible for touch and pain sensations throughout the body.

While the researchers used needle stimulation in their experiments, one could achieve similar results using electrical stimulation devices, such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) units, which are widely available. The researchers hope that their findings will lead to a treatment for chronic pain that’s safer and more accessible than drug approaches.

“Chronic pain is a huge issue for a lot of people, and for most, it’s not sufficiently treatable,” said Cory Gloeckner, lead author on the paper. “Right now, one of the ways that we try to treat pain is opioids, and we all know that doesn’t work out well for many people. This, on the other hand, is a non-invasive, simple application. It’s not some expensive medical device that you have to buy in order to treat your pain. It’s something that we think would be available to pretty much anyone because of its low cost and simplicity.”

The researchers plan to continue investigating this “multimodal” approach to treating different neurological conditions, potentially integrating music therapy in the future to see how they can further modify the somatosensory cortex.

“A lot of people have been using acupuncture or electrical stimulation—non-invasive or invasive—to try to alter brain activity for pain,” said Hubert Lim, senior author on the paper and a professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Otolaryngology. “Our research shows that when you combine this with sound, the brain lights up even more.”

Lim said this opens up a whole new field of using this bimodal and multimodal stimulation for treating diseases.

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