Profanity and Pain

  • somewhat tough to apply clinically, but some patients may be recovering from pain and still have a few sharp episodes now and then
  • if they're not particularly offended, perhaps it would put them, and their friends/family/co-workers more at ease if a quick #$#%#@$#@ was stated, then move on with life
  • anything that raises thresholds particular for a neurotag that is associated with bending/lifting/sitting is useful - and this one may be easy to implement into a home program (or maybe not)
Post read originally found here.


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Swee, G, Schirmer, A 2015, ‘On the importance of being vocal: Saying “ow” improves pain tolerance’, The Journal of Pain, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 326-334.