Afraid of donating blood? The injection of the needle seems to you too painful? Hold your breath sharply: this simple technique will definitely help relieve unpleasant sensations. True, only if you have time to prepare in advance. If you do not have such an opportunity, try other ways to muffle the pain.
1.Keep a bottle of perfume at hand
A pleasant aroma of sweet perfume can cheer up, in principle, any of us, but it is much more useful to the one who feels pain at this moment. In the study of Canadian neurophysiologists, women-volunteers loaded their hands in very hot water, and to endure this procedure was quite painful for them. But they admitted that their pain decreased when inhaling floral odors and the aroma of almonds. But when they were offered to smell vinegar, the pain intensified. For some reason, with respect to men, this method turned out to be ineffective.
If your first reaction to pain is selected abuse, do not be ashamed of this. Psychologists from the University of Kile (Great Britain) found that the subjects were better to endure the cold (their hands were immersed in ice water) when they cursed. Here is one of the possible explanations: the abuse arouses aggression in us, and after this there is an emission of adrenaline and norepinephrine, which provide a surge in energy and dull the pain reaction. However, those who are accustomed to swear a lot and out of business, this technique will not help.
3.Take a look at the masterpiece
You bow to Picasso? Admire Botticelli? Save a couple of favorite paintings in your smartphone – perhaps once they will replace you with an anesthetic. Neurologists from the University of Bari (Italy) conducted a rather cruel experiment: with the help of a laser impulse, they caused a painful tingling in the hands of the subjects and asked them to look at the paintings. When looking at the masterpieces of Leonardo, Botticelli, Van Gogh, the painful sensations of the participants were a third less intense than when looking at an empty canvas or canvases that did not cause strong emotions – this was confirmed by the devices that measure the work of different parts of the brain.
4.Cross your hands
Just putting one hand on the other (but unusual for you), you can make a feeling of pain less intense. The same laser helped to find this, which neurologists from university college in London directed the back of the palms of volunteers in London. Scientists believe that the unusual arrangement of the hands confuses the brain and disrupts the processing of the pain signal.
5.Listen to music
It is well known that music can heal the broken heart, but it is able to save from physical suffering. Participants in the experiment who treated their teeth less often asked to do anesthesia if they looked at the musical video clip during the procedure. It also turned out that oncological patients did better with postoperative pains if they were played by embossed music (electronic music based on the modulations of the sound timbre).
6.Fall in love
Love makes the world brighter, the food is tastier, and it can also be excellent anesthesia. Neurologists from Stanford University checked: when a person thinks about the object of his love, centers of pleasure are activated in his brain, the same ones that cause a sense of euphoria when taking cocaine or with a large winning in a
casino. Just a look at the photograph of a loved one is able to block pain like opioid analgesics. Is it necessary to clarify that photos of pretty, but not cute to the heart have no effect?
7.Touch the sore spot
It turns out that we are not in vain clutch at the bruised elbow or rubbing the real lower back: neurobiologists from the University College of London confirmed the fact that the touch to the sore spot is significantly (by 64%!) reduces pain symptoms. The reason is that the brain perceives the combined parts of the body (for example, the arm and lower back) as a whole. And the pain, “distributed” to a large area, is no longer felt so intensively.
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