Emiko Senba, MD, PhD, (Japan)
Professor, Department of Physical therapy, Osaka Yukioka College of Health Science
Emeritus Professor, Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Research Fellow, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Wakayama Medical University
IASP Member Since 1991
Scientific Program Committee (2012-2014); Member of numerous committees
I’ve been interested in the mechanisms underlying the chronification of pain and how to prevent it. I’ve tried to understand chronic pain state based on bio-psycho-social model with special reference to the brain reward system. Positive feelings and enriched environment are essential for the coherent strategies for relief of patient suffering Exercise may be one of the factors that activate brain reward system. We are now investigating mechanisms underlying Exercise-induced hypoalgesia (EIH) in experimental studies using mouse model of neuropathic pain. We have started clinical studies about the effects of exercise on pain symptoms and brain networks in fibromyalgia patients.