Method may increase patients' pain threshold, study finds

01/3/2013 | ExtremeTech

A study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry has found that a noninvasive method called transcranial direct current stimulation can release endogenous opioids and increase a patient's tolerance of pain by 36%. The method did not reduce clinical pain, but researchers said repeated use of the technique may in the future be used to lessen clinical and chronic pain. The researchers performed tDCS of the motor cortex while monitoring brain activity using PET with the radiotracer carfentanil.

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