Linn Erixon Sahlstrom

 

 

My PhD will explore the contextual effects (placebo) that come with a manual therapy intervention.

Our understanding today of chronic pain involves complex brain circuits that include sensory, emotional, cognitive and interoceptive processing. Even though this cortico-centric view is well known within manual therapy and the impact of contextual effects is likely to be large and widespread across manual therapy interventions for conditions like low back pain (LBP), little is known in in detail concerning the non-specific factors or the impact of placebo mechanisms in treatment responsiveness in this area.

 

With pain being an output of the neuromatrix, evidence suggests that the neuromatrix can be activated or modified by a range of inputs, from noxious stimuli to movement, independent of peripheral input, and by imagined movement or by watching someone else in pain, and by words. 

I will specifically look into language and words and how these can be modified. The research method would be utilising a theoretical framework that includes a prospective cohort study with nested mixed methods design. By the end I am to pilot a small clinical trial using enhanced and neutral language to impact expectation/safety within a chiropractic setting.

 Linn Erixon Sahlstrom

As an endurance athlete with a passion for running, and a health care professional in the making, Linn is proud to be a Vitargo ambassador. She competes in the UK and around Europe in various kinds of ultra marathons, ranging from 30 miles to +100 miles in all kinds of terrain (and particularly loves mountains!).

Linn Erixon Sahlstrom

Linn’s motto is: “Your biggest challenge is your mind,” which is applicable both in everyday life, and as an athlete. With the right mindset you can do so much more than you could ever have imagined; Linn is living proof of that!