[Dr. Briggs speaking] Well I’m the Director of the center that studies complimentary integrative and alternative approaches and these are incredible
important for American’s as part of pain management. People are turning to approaches like massage,
like manual therapy, like acupuncture, like mindfulness, like yoga as part of pain management.
We are very excited about what we are learning because we all recognizes that we need an
approach in addition to drugs to help people with management of pain. Across the NIH a
number of institutes are banding together in the Trans-NIH Pain Consortium. We are very
active members and we are particularly focused a lot of interest in that area in back pain.
Back pain is of course the commonest complaint that brings people to doctors, pain complaint
that bring them to doctors. It drives a lot of the problems we have as a country with
use of opioids, and we need better ways to manage back pain. A very active area for us
and we are just funding a new set of grants in this is partnership with the Veteran’s
Administration on the management of pain in people returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
This is an incredibly important problem is it clear that soldier’s coming out of these
settings often have a lot of chronic pain and fairly high rates of opioid use. There
is enormous enthusiasm in the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense leadership in
studying complimentary approaches to help this vulnerable population. So we are very
delighted to be funding some research in this setting that will really help learn what is
effective, There is a lot of interest in acupuncture, there’s interest in yoga there’s interest
in mindfulness, a form of meditation. So, all of these are mind-body approaches are
ways to change the mental state of the subject and change perhaps brain wiring that modulates
pain. These are really important initiatives for us and we think potentially very important
initiative for Americans with pain. [Music]