Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a chronic, painful condition characterized by persistent pain following resolution of a herpes zoster (HZ) infection. Epidemiologic data demonstrate that the risks for HZ infections and the development of PHN increase with age.
Physical therapy first offers faster diagnosis and treatment, lower health care costs and no drugs needed. Industry is beginning to shift its view of the value of using physical therapy first for chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions.
The investigators have previously found moderately painful massage produces comparable changes in pain sensitivity as a conditioned pain modulation paradigm in healthy participants suggesting shared underlying mechanisms. The researchers aim to extend these findings by understanding the influence of expectation on these findings.