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Unfortunately, control groups of nonmedical patients or medical nonpain patients were not included in these studies. More direct evidence for the role of social modeling in pain responses has come from studies in which groups of subjects observed models who had been exposed to experimental painful stimuli. Observation of models who successfully tolerated or controlled painful stimulation resulted in reduced subsequent pain behavior in the observer [16,17]. The dependent measure in many of the social modeling studies and virtually all of the studies on pain and religion or ethnicity has been a verbal pain report.
Stimulation of the central biasing mechanism increases descending inhibition and tends to "close the gate" to pain-signaling inputs. L = large fibers; S = small fibers. 28 3. Recent physiological studies of pain seconds to 20 or 30 minutes) may relieve chronic pain for days, weeks, or sometimes permanently. The relief of pain by brief, intense stimulation of distant trigger points (or acupuncture points) can be explained physiologically in terms of the gate control theory. The most plausible explanation  seems to be that the brainstem areas that are known to exert a powerful inhibitory control over transmission in the pain signalling system may be involved (Figure 3-2).
Recent physiological studies of pain seconds to 20 or 30 minutes) may relieve chronic pain for days, weeks, or sometimes permanently. The relief of pain by brief, intense stimulation of distant trigger points (or acupuncture points) can be explained physiologically in terms of the gate control theory. The most plausible explanation  seems to be that the brainstem areas that are known to exert a powerful inhibitory control over transmission in the pain signalling system may be involved (Figure 3-2).