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Pain glossary

Imagery: Also called guided imagery. Imagery is a technique in which a person focuses on positive mental images. It can help people reach a relaxed, focused state and help reduce stress and give a sense of well-being.

Inflammatory pain: Pain associated with tissue damage. Inflammatory pain is caused by the activation of the immune system by tissue injury or infection. It is also considered protective because inflammatory pain creates a situation that discourages further contact and movement.

Intramuscular delivery. Delivery of medicine by injection deep into the muscle.

Intravenous delivery. Delivery of medicine through a vein from a syringe or as a continuous infusion (like from a drip). This way of administering drugs is used in patients who cannot swallow or whose gastrointestinal tracts are not working normally, or when the drug needs to be absorbed quickly.