Focus on the 15 senses for better pain management

Patients with chronic pain have an improved experience if doctors focus on 10 senses in addition to sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, a leading pain psychologist says.

The senses of balance, motion, pressure, itch, pain, fatigue, breathing, temperature, appetite and expulsion have been largely neglected in clinical care, says Professor Chris Eccleston, a speaker at the  Faculty of Pain Medicine annual meeting in Brisbane.

He argues that these senses, as key body experiences, are just as significant for effective patient treatment in modern healthcare

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