How to block pain signals?

Welcome, dear reader. Let us begin with an important fact – pain is annoying. Yes, it is a vital sensation that helps our body warn us of potential harm or injury. But come on! Sometimes you just want to tell your brain to chill out and stop sending those nerve signals all over the place. What if there was a way to do just that?

In this guide, we will explore some creative ways (and some not so creative ones) to block pain signals from reaching your brain. Before we dive in though, let’s understand how our body detects and processes pain.

Understanding Pain Signals

Pain perception involves several steps including detection, transduction, transmission and modulation of signals by different cells in the nervous system. To put it simply – when you hurt yourself (let’s say you step on a LEGO piece), specialized nerves known as nociceptors detect mechanical pressure and send electrical impulses through spinal cord neurons towards the brain; where they are interpreted as pain sensations.

The intensity of these signals depends on various factors such as genetics, psychological state of mind and even weather conditions (yes seriously!) So what happens when the pain becomes unbearable? That is where our superhero tactics come into play!

Superhero #1 TENS Machine

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation aka “TENS” machines may sound like something out of science fiction but they really exist! Think about it as tiny electric shocks that interrupt your regular nerve transmissions hence reducing ‘the feels’. These devices are affordable (no need for breaking tonsils for straight teeth moolaaahhh) can be obtained without a prescription.

To use one:

  • Apply self-adhesive pads near the affected area
  • Set up desired frequency/intensity levels
  • Experience joyful sleeping hours (No more tossing around!)

Is hollywood listening here? Next transformers instalment anyone?

Superhero #2: Music

Oh yes, you read that right! The power of music is undeniable in blocking various forms of pain. A study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine showed a significant improvement to reduce chronic pain using only one musically-based treatment (MBT).

So next time you visit your usual pain clinic or even dentist office:

  • Bring earphones/headsets This is not the time for loudspeaker diplomacy mate!
  • Queue-up chilled playlist (we’re not talking DMX here!)
  • Meditate on how good “being yourself” feels isn’t it peaceful?

And voila – magically turned into a calm scenic sailboat ride through hot springs (R-R-R-R-R-I-G-H-T) might have oversold there.

Superhero #3 Distraction Techniques

Distraction techniques come handy where core part of issues can be temporarily sidelined to prevent any psychological trauma while our body naturally heals itself. These include but are not limited to mentally listing all basketball teams by colors or performing cognitive exercises that involve visualisation.

Another technique well known among doctors across globe involves commencing conversation about anything else except you know, the root cause. If said doctor employs puns during session, consider an added bolus for morale too!

Here are some other tips:

  • Play online game like quizzes which always provide different levels/contexts
  • Solve puzzles – this will help divert focus from unpleasant sensations
    (might throw hammer listening with uninterrupted gameplay though)
    Or wait let’s-scratch-that-out-there-mate! Crosstalk better safe than sorry (phew)
    Table below describes common distraction techniques:
Technique Description
Mental list Listing items out loud such as animals alphabetically
Mental imagery Picture images/landscapes calming/healing
riddles Making jokes/solving a riddle
Online games Solvable puzzles/quiz related games

Superhero #4 Heat and Cold Massage

Hot or cold temperature application therapy is an age old solution in aiding pain management – this varies based on which part of body it’s being applied to if you want to find your “sweet spot”. Let’s break them down shall we?

Heat Therapy:

  • Promotes proper blood flow/circulation around affected area
  • Reduces joint stiffness/muscular spasms (just like hot yoga?)
  • Provides relaxation awesomeness (ahem, excuse our quirkiness)

Cold Therapy:

  • Reduces swelling/inflammation
  • Numbs the sensation around affected area
    (think about ice-zapping the toothache, that kind of goodness!)

Both therapies can be used interchangeably as required by severity levels but remember not too much heat or too much cold please! Having said that, most importantly consult a health practitioner before embarking on any new treatment regime without professional advice.

Superhero #5 Medicinal Intervention

There are cases where acute pain needs urgent intervention especially in scenarios such as cancer-related pains. This will primarily entail medical intake under the prescription and guidance of certified healthcare professionals by following necessary precautions.

While OTCs (over-the-counters) may work well temporarily for minor problems they could be potentially harmful when ingested beyond recommend dosages so always check packaging instructions beforehand when carrying out one yourself. More does not translate into better cure folks, don’t chance upon luck here!

So there you have it folks, mild and effective techniques/tricks/treatments using some obvious ways interspersed with cheeky sassy sense-of-humor! Do let us know what worked best for you avoiding steroids altogether as they might get mistaken foreign substance ingestion 😉 Bye now until next time…

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