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Placebo effect of an inert gel on experimentally induced leg muscle pain.

Hopker, James G., Foad, A., Beedie, C., Coleman, Damian A, Leach, G. (2010) Placebo effect of an inert gel on experimentally induced leg muscle pain. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine, 1 . pp. 215-221. ISSN 1179-1543. (doi:10.2147/OAJSM.S13564) (KAR id:26274)

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Purpose: This study examined the therapeutic effects of an inert placebo gel on experimentally induced muscle pain in a sports therapy setting. It aimed to investigate the degree to which conditioned analgesia, coupled with an expectation of intervention, was a factor in subsequent analgesia.

Results: Following application of the placebo gel, the level of pain stimulus required to elicit a pain rating of 6/10 increased by 8.2%. Application of the placebo gel significantly decreased participant’s perceptions of muscle pain (P = 0.001). Conclusion: Subjects’ experience and expectation of pain reduction may be major factors in the therapeutic process. These factors should be considered in the sports therapeutic environment.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.2147/OAJSM.S13564
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports medicine
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: James Hopker
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2011 09:35 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:37 UTC
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