The “Nocebo” Effect

The following is an article we posted on the Robbins’ Nest Blog last August. We often hear about the “placebo effect”; it seems timely to mention again the “nocebo effect.” A placebo is typically a fake medication used as a control in a...

Massage and Pain

Therapeutic massage can have favorable effects on many kinds of pain. A 2011 clinical trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reported that structural and relaxation styles of massage helped alleviate pain and improve function in patients with chronic low...

Low-Dose Naltrexone for Fibromyalgia Pain

When given in high doses, the drug naltrexone has been effective in blocking the effects of heroin and other narcotics in addicts. Because the person does not experience a high on naltrexone, he or she can overcome the addiction to the narcotic.  Naltrexone can also...

Conditions that may go along with Headaches

There are a number of “comorbid(co-occurring)” conditions that may go along with chronic headaches. Chronic headaches represent what we call “central sensitization”, where the brain just keeps on firing those headache waves over and over,...
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