M5 Discussion – The Ins and Outs of Pain

This discussion as 3 parts:

Part A:
Why do we feel pain? What purpose does it serve? How does the nervous system register pain? Please discuss these points in detail and use


Part B:
How is pain treated? Please discuss at least 3 methods in which pain can be treated. Of the ones you select, please be sure to identify at least

one alternative approach to treating pain.

Part C:
What is mind-body medicine? Please explain and use examples.
Required Reading/Viewing
Brannon & Updegraff
Chapter 7- Understanding and Managing Pain
Chapter 8- Considering Alternative Approaches
McGill University. (Oct. 2010). Ronald Melzack: Pain Pioneer. (10:26)
Barnett, J. E., & Shale, A. J. (2012). The integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) into the practice of psychology: A vision

for the future. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43(6), 576-585.
Alternative versus Western Medicine. (03:26)
Please view this short video, and then visit Films on Demand and search for at least one other video on “alternative medicine.”
Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Health and Wellness: Illness Among Americans. Ed. Barbara Wexler. 2006 ed. Detroit: Gale, 2007. 177-192.

Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Melzack, R. (1987). Short-form McGill Pain Questionnaire. Pain, 30(2), p. 191-197. [Questionnaire is found on p. 193.]