Laugh Your Way to Pain Relief
A new study links regular laughter to less pain — giving you one more helpful tool to control chronic pain.
An international team of researchers from the UK, Netherlands and the U.S. conducted six studies to see if laughter could reduce chronic pain. Their conclusion: "… pain thresholds are significantly higher after laughter" compared to people who weren't laughing. They theorize that laughter cuts pain because it generates endorphins, the body's natural codeine. That means laughing — reading funny jokes, watching comedy, yukking it up with friends and family — may be one more way to overcome the increased pain sensitivity seen in fibromyalgia.
Of course, many natural and prescription medicines can also help with the severe pain of fibromyalgia. For more information on this, see Pain Free1-2-3! A Natural Program to Get You Pain Free!
"Why Laughter May Be the Best Pain Medicine," Scientific American, September 14, 2011
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.