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2019 Oct

J Bodyw Mov Ther



Effects of mirthful laughter on pain tolerance: A randomized controlled investigation.


Lapierre SS, Baker BD, Tanaka H
J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2019 Oct; 23(4):733-738.
PMID: 31733755.


Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that affects many people. Currently, there is no single treatment known to cure or assure relief from chronic pain. Accordingly, the management of patients' discomfort is an integral part of treating chronic pain. Such treatment, however, is not effective for many patients. We investigated whether mirthful laughter provided by comic relief can influence pain tolerance and muscle soreness in young healthy participants.