When you hurt your toe (for instance), why does holding the painful toe with your hands make the pain less?


Yes, I just hit my little to against the doorpost.

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It’s due to what is called the “gate control theory.” Simply put, the “ouchie” signal and the “not-ouchie” signals meet in your spinal cord, and can only send one signal to the brain. The non-painful signal (holding or touching) always wins, dampening the pain signal.

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