eli5: why does squeezing the affected area (or the area near it) seemingly relieve pain?


especially intrigued about the second part (area near or around affected area).

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Your brain needs to prioritize signals. It can’t process everything at once, or you/it will get overwhelmed.

The pain is existing and constant, you’re already aware of it. But the pressure of squeezing it is new, so it comes first. You’re brain will likely process it (ignoring the pain for a second) check if the pressure is a threat, and eventually dismiss it and go back to feeling the pain.