Coffee & Pain

COFFEE addicts may be unusually sensitive to pain and prone to panic disorders. 

A team led by Björn Johansson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden looked at mice that had had the gene coding for an adenosine receptor in their brains disabled. A high dose of caffeine has the same effect in people. The mice seemed healthy, with normal growth and heart rates, but tests showed they were unusually anxious and sensitive to pain (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol 98, p 9407).

People who drink up to around six coffees a day should be all right, since this amount of caffeine blocks only half their adenosine receptors. But higher doses might cause similar symptoms.

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David Drysdale

David Drysdale has worked as an Osteopath in the West End of Glasgow since 1996. David combines a wide range of techniques when treating a patient, ranging from Osteopathic Manipulation, Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Nutrition and Exercise. Treatments are tailored for the Patient. It is understood that some people simply do not like osteopathic manipulation, while others like Deep Tissue Massage, or benefit from Cranio-Sacral Therapy. There are different ways of treating people who are in pain, and providing the treatment that works for you is very important. Osteopathy is well known for treating Headaches, Neck & Back Pain, but many other conditions such as migraines, frozen shoulder and arthritis can all respond well to good Osteopathic treatment.

Many Thanks…………….. Davy Drysdale

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