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Unformatted text preview: Health The Social Psychology of Musculoskeletal Pain • Back sprain (low back pain) • most common! (usually effects older individuals; average age of 40) • Whiplash • neck and shoulder pain after a speciFc incident • ¡ibromyalgia • being re-named to “chronic wide spread” • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome • if you have a back injury (and your older), chances are you would recover relatively well. about 20% never recover and continue to experience signiFcant pain. 10-15% of people with whiplash feel pain for the rest of their lives... hence why these conditions are considered problematic.- number of days that are missed from work due to back pain- from 1950 - 1970’s the disability was fairly stable then all of a sudden in the 80’s there is a dramatic rise; no indication of it going down- this is costly because when you are not working there is loss of production, insurance has to pay, etc Rene Decartes- Frst comprehensive model of pain transmission by Rene Descartes- foot touches Fre, Fre opens pores in skin, spirits travel up tubes in body until brain and then the individual feels pain- he was a dualist- pain is a sensory phenomena- signiFcant psychology that happens also; moves face in a certain way as well as body...- cross cultural factors there from the day you were born- ex. face of pain; communicative behavior that is cross-cultural- some evolutionary advantage to make your face like that.- once people have been injured they act in ways to protect the pain- ex. grab leg when it hurts- ex. individual has a head dress sewn to his body and he is so happy to play that role in the ceremony 215: April 5th, 2011- ex. individual suspended by clips going through his chest and hanging in air; he wants to be part of this group and he must stay in that group for 15 mins...- physician in Paris, Mesner. believed he could capture heeling forces of universe and channel into body through his hands to cure a person of anything- this treatment was so popular that he couldn’t treat everyone so he tried to treat people at the same time- large wooden tub with metal and he would infuse them with the heeling forces and people would put metal rods in the body of water and they would touch the metal rods to their body part that had pain- believed that the magnetic forces that would transfer the medication...
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2012 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 215 taught by Professor Sullivan during the Winter '11 term at McGill.
- Winter '11
- Social Psychology