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Ultrasound Therapy to Relieve Pain

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Ultrasound Therapy to Relieve Pain

A recent study led by Wynn Legon and his team suggests that low-intensity focused ultrasound directed at the insula, a deep brain region, can alleviate pain perception and associated physiological responses such as changes in heart rate. Unlike invasive methods or opioid medication, this noninvasive technique targets a specific area of the brain where pain is registered. The study involved 23 healthy participants who experienced induced pain while receiving focused ultrasound waves guided by MRI. On a pain scale, participants reported an average reduction of three-fourths of a point, potentially significant for managing chronic pain without opioids. The research also highlights the connection between pain perception and cardiovascular health, suggesting avenues for further exploration into the heart-brain axis and potential interventions to mitigate pain’s physiological effects.

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Taylor Marks is a certified holistic health coach and professionally trained chef from The Institute of Culinary Education. Her passions include the latest research in health science, culinary arts, holistic wellness, and guiding others towards feeling their best.
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