Nocebo Effect Vs. Placebo Effect: Language Can Affect Outcomes

Nocebo is the anti-placebo. The nocebo effect is a negative effect or outcome due to a negative expectation. A negative outcome, or nocebo effect, can be a greater perception of pain. Negative information can make patients experience greater pain.

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“CrossFit™ Is Dangerous” | Busting Movement & Pain Myths | Series with Dr. DePalma and Dr. Camoratto

My biggest challenge as a physical therapist who advocates for CrossFit™ as an appropriate fitness activity is those in the healthcare industry who are working against me and demonizing CrossFit™. Many individuals trust their healthcare practitioners when they say that CrossFit™ is dangerous. Individuals should be able to trust their educated healthcare professionals, but giving false claims, is a breeding ground for mistrust. CrossFit™ is proven to be no more dangerous than other common sports and fitness activities.

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“Rest Is Good for Your Pain” | Busting Movement & Pain Myths | Series with Dr. DePalma and Dr. Camoratto

The age-old response to someone in pain or who has an injury is to just go lay down and rest. However, rest is not the answer. Rest does not help us heal. Rest does not ease our pain.

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“Your Back Pain Is Caused By Your Rotated Hips” | Busting Movement & Pain Myths | Series with Dr. DePalma and Dr. Camoratto

The myth that your back pain is caused by your rotated hips is largely told by clinicians to their patients.…

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“Pain Equals Damage” | Busting Movement & Pain Myths | Series with Dr. DePalma and Dr. Camoratto

Traditionally, the Biomechanical Model was referred to when dealing with patients in pain. The Biomechanical Model is the practice of…

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