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The PAG controls the transmission of nociceptive fantastic insights into higher cognitive functions generic 20 mg levitra jelly with mastercard, information in the rostroventral medulla (RVM) cheap levitra jelly 20 mg with mastercard, DH via relays including the perception of pain. These regions – ‘the pain matrix’ – The influences of attention and emotion include the thalamus, the 1° and secondary (2°) on pain somatosensory cortex, the insular cortex, the anterior Many of the pain modulating mechanisms so far dis- cingulate cortex and motor regions, such as the pre- cussed can be accessed not only by pharmacological motor cortex and cerebellum. Pain is not a unitary means, but also by contextual and/or cognitive manipu- phenomenon. Pain perception can be altered by variables, unpleasantness are distinct from the simple sensory such as: dimension of pain (which includes location and intensity of a noxious stimulus). This makes more sense however, when one con- Most levels of the CNS are thought to be involved in siders that sensory processing does not occur in the attentional modulation of pain. Activation in the isolation, but actually in the context of an appropriate PAG is significantly increased during a condition in motor response. The level of PAG activity is predictive of the reduction in pain Thunberg’s thermal grill illusion provides some intensity produced by distraction. Attention has also insight into the complexity of the central processing been shown to modulate nociceptive responses in of pain. Clinical studies demonstrate that emotional states However, if they are applied simultaneously in the affect the pain associated with chronic disease. Mood form of a grid, a painful burning sensation is experi- appears to selectively alter the affective response to enced. The anterior cingulate cortex is thought to be an ing phenomenon, revealing the central inhibition of important site for the modulation of pain by mood. Interestingly the The cognitive manipulation of pain should be remem- thermal grill illusion produces activation of the anter- bered as a therapeutic avenue in chronic pain states. It has been proposed that disrup- tion of thermosensory and pain integration can lead Key points to the central pain syndrome, which may follow a thalamic stroke. There is evidence for ‘top-down’ control, with the • brain controlling its own input from lower centres.

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REFERENCES American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) (2000) ACSM’s Guidelines for Exer- cise Testing and Prescription discount 20 mg levitra jelly visa, 6th edn order levitra jelly 20 mg online, Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, MD. British Association for Cardiac Rehabilitation (BACR) (1995) BACR Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation, Blackwell Science, Oxford. Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) (2002) Cardiac Rehabilitation,no. Chapter 8 Maintaining Physical Activity in Cardiac Rehabilitation Adrienne Hughes and Nanette Mutrie Chapter outline This chapter describes an intervention that has been used to encourage indi- viduals to remain regularly physically active in exercise-based CR in phases III and IV. This intervention, called the exercise consultation (EC), is based on the Transtheoretical Model of behaviour change and Relapse Prevention Model (pp. The strategies used in this EC include: assessing stage of change, decisional balance, overcoming barriers to activity, social support, goal setting, self- monitoring and relapse prevention. It involves a client-centred, one-to-one counselling approach and encourages individuals to develop an activity plan, tailored to their needs, readiness to change and lifestyle. The EC aims to encourage accumulated physical activity accumulating at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity on five days per week (Pate, et al. In addition, this level of physical activity may be easier for cardiac patients to incorporate into their daily routine and to sustain in the long term. Thus, the exercise consultation encourages individuals to inte- grate moderate intensity activity into their daily lives. In addition, EC can help maintain involvement in structured exercise in phases III and IV (SIGN, 2002). ADHERENCE IN CR EXERCISE It is well documented that exercise-based CR accrues many benefits in patients with established coronary artery disease (US Department for Health and Exercise Leadership in Cardiac Rehabilitation.

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