According to a recent survey by Lloyds Pharmacy group in England, over 40% of people claim that listening to music can help alleviate chronic aches and pains. The impact appears to be even greater for younger people, with two out of three people in the 16-to-24 age bracket claiming that music helps with their pain.
A few different genres are popular among those surveys, including pop (21%), classical (17%) and indie (16%). The following five songs were cited as being most helpful to those with chronic pain:
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In the quest to alleviate suffering in patients with long-term pain, researchers have turned to a new source of inspiration: people who can't feel any pain. As the Wall Street Journal explains,
Research has shown that rare mutations in a gene called SCN9A can give people complete immunity to pain. Now, pharmaceutical companies are aiming to develop drugs to mimic that genetic mutation.
Chronic pain affects approximately 1 in 5 people, and many of them do not respond to standard treatments such as ibuprofen or painkillers. Scientists are hoping that new methods tied to the SCN9A gene can succeed where traditional drugs fail by preventing nerve cells from sending pain signals to the brain.
Nerve cells send these signals with the help of a certain type of protein, called a sodium channel, that forms a pore in the cell's membrane. Inherited mutations in the SCN9A gene block the functioning of these sodium channels, called Nav1.7 sodium channels. The experimental drugs also seek to block them—or at least to blunt their ability to transmit pain.
This new method of pain relief is showing potential, and trials are currently in progress. Along with other alternative, science-based forms of therapy such as the Energeze Patch, these new treatments are ushering in a new understanding of pain relief.
You can read the full story, "The Quest for Better Pain Relief," on the Wall Street Journal's website.
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Launch of First Product Developed with Company’s Proprietary Technology That Soothes Using the Body’s Natural Energy
Newtown, PA – April 25, 2013 – Prezacor, developer of innovative, natural pain management technology, announced today the launch of its first consumer product, the Energeze® Back Patch.
The Energeze Patch provides natural, soothing comfort for the back and other parts of the body using a unique proprietary formula that absorbs and redistributes the body’s energy from the surface of skin at the site of pain. Prezacor’s specially-developed adhesive formulation gives extra support and stability for muscles and joints, providing a natural form of pain relief.
“We developed the Energeze Back Patch as an all-natural product designed to relieve aches and pains to help you stay active,” Gary Karpf, Prezacor Founder & Chief Scientific Officer said. “Our odorless, medicine-free technology uses your body’s natural energy to ease discomfort without side effects.”
The Energeze Patch doesn’t contain any medicine, and can be reused for up to five days during normal daily activities – with, or instead of other pain management therapies.
“We are looking forward to reaching out to chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists and other medical professionals that employ non-pharmacological methods for treating pain,” said Jim Pachence, Prezacor CEO. “The feedback we received from individuals on prototypes was very positive.”
The Energeze Back Patch comes in a convenient, three-patch box that retails for $29.95. The Patch is available for purchase and delivery in the United States from the Energeze website at www.energeze.com.
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