24 October 2006

Exercise-induced stress analgesia?

Exercise-induced analgesia: fact or artifact?
Padawer and Levine
This study critically examines the reported exercise-induced previous termanalgesianext term effect in view of the potential previous termstressnext term-induced previous termanalgesianext term of pain testing itself. Two designs were used to test whether previous findings of previous termanalgesianext term were induced by the exercise procedures or by the previous termstressnext term of the pain testing procedures themselves used in such experiments. In the first design, post-test cold pressor pain ratings were obtained from college students following exercise (bicycle ergometry) and two control tasks (minimal exercise and non-exercise). No significant differences between these groups were found. In the second design, exercise and non-exercise groups pre-exposed to cold pressor pain testing were compared to groups that were not pre-exposed to pain testing. There were no significant effects for exercise; however, significant previous termanalgesianext term effects for pain test pre-exposure were demonstrated. Therefore previous research claiming exercise-induced previous termanalgesianext term may have confounded the effects of exercise with the effects of pre-exposure to pain testing itself.
(c)1992 Elsevier Science

Pain 48 (2) 1992, 131-135
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