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BioMed Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 741428, 3 pages
Pain Coping Strategies for Children with Arthritis
1Department of Psychology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH 45207, USA
2School of Human Services, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA
Received 22 April 2013; Accepted 8 July 2013
Academic Editor: Roya Kelishadi
Copyright © 2013 Kim J. Rosenzweig and Laura Nabors. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Description of the pain experience
Here is how pain works: The receptors for pain are located in many places, like the skin, muscles, bones and joints. Your arthritis can cause pain messages to start in your joints.
The A-Delta and C nerve fibers will send the pain message and then neurons will turn the pain message into an electrical signal that tells your brain you HURT. What happens is that the A and C fibers take the message up the spinothalamic track to your brain, in places called the thalamus and the frontal cortex. Your brain helps tell you about the pain message.
You can help yourself think away pain. Your brain sends messages back to your body and nervous system that shows how you will cope with pain.
So, your thoughts allow you to turn down the volume on your pain – this means make it LESS or lower. Your thoughts can also help you to forget your pain or CHANGE THE CHANNEL on your pain.