Lecture 22 - April 5th - 215 April 5th 2011 Health The...

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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 specific incident Fibromyalgia 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 significant 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 - first comprehensive model of pain transmission by Rene Descartes - foot touches fire, fire 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 - significant 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
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- 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
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