The Copenhagen Interpretation  is one of the most commonly taught interpretations of quantum mechanics; developed by Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg  between 1922 and 1927, it states that quantum mechanics does not provide a description of a reality that is objective but only can describe the probabilities of observing various aspects of quanta of energy. 

These quanta or entities don’t fit into the classical definition of either particles or waves;   the measurement itself makes the set of probabilities assume only one of the possible values in a random fashion.   Also known in the mathematics realm as wavefunction collapse, the Copenhagen interpretation generally states that energy is in waves when attention is placed on it and all other wave forms or probabilities collapse, and a particle or matter is formed.

What makes matters even more interesting is that the above means a scientist’s beliefs, biases and observations would determine which entity the energy was.  If the scientist believed he would find a particle, he would find a particle.  If the observer believed the energy quanta was a wave, he would find a wave. 

This discovery led to scientists and philosophers deducing that anything and everything existing in our physical world exists in a wave-type format, and through our own individual observations and biases and expectations can be made into a particle or solid object, based solely on our subsequent thought of how things should appear.  Our own thoughts basically create the physical universe.

The mind-body connection has been clearly demonstrated by scientific experimentation; for years scientists have known that people who focus on pain relief and concentrate on alleviating pain usually achieve their goal.  A person’s beliefs therefore, are the signal to their cells.  These wave forms transmute into subatomic particles and become physical according the thoughts of the initiator; this can absolutely affect a person’s state of health.  If a person believes they will be healthy, chances are they will be.

Quantum mechanics in its Copenhagen Interpretation can therefore be applied directly to effective pain relief and healing.  In conjunction with a medical doctor’s advice, some simple mental exercises can directly influence how your body will heal itself.  The thought of pain going away, the belief that the pain will go away, will actually make the pain go away.  

There are some techniques such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) which help practically apply the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum mechanics to acute or chronic pain relief, which will be explained in a later article.   What NLP techniques will do is help give a pain sufferer a concrete idea of what to visualize in order for the subatomic changes on the nuclear level to be successful.

The power of the mind is astonishing.  Just as when observer bias would affect the outcome of scientific experimentation in the world of physics, our own biases can have direct effects on our health.   If you think pain will get worse, it most certainly will.  However, by training yourself to believe that you will get better and the pain will go away, chances are that it most certainly will. 

When it comes to any sort of alternative or complementary pain relief treatment, do consult with your primary health carer in conjunction with these treatments.