A study done at Oxford University by a professor of evolutionary psychology have shown that laughter causes the release of natural opiates. After watching funny videos people's pain thresholds went up but not if they viewed factual documentaries. We tend to view laughter as an emotion but it is in fact a form of exercise and by doing this type of exercise where we perform repeated forceful exhalation of air from our lungs by using the diaphragm we increase the production of endorphins which in turn will increase the pleasure of being made to laugh
Proceedings of the Royal Society 2012
The report, Putting Pain on the Agenda, identifies four key priorities for action that will improve the quality of life of those who live with pain.
- the development of clear national standards for clinical practise and education
- the need to raise public awareness of pain
- the development of comprehensive guidance for commissioners
- a national strategy to cope with the problem.
Healthcare professionals were joined by patients and parliamentarians at the launch of the report - the findings of which are based on the first ever English Pain Summit which took place in November 2011.
Physiotherapist Kate Jolly, who is studying an MSc in "pain, Science and Society" and is also involved in the all party parliamentary chronic pain group, welcomed the report’s recommendations.
‘Physiotherapists are ideally placed to embrace this report as our distinctive qualities of listening and taking time to understand patients enables us to give the necessary empowerment required to fulfill these goals,’ she said.
‘This is not exclusive to the field of musculoskeletal pain but spans our diverse skills in cancer pain, headaches, abdominal syndromes such as IBS and neurology, to name but a few.’