Why can some pain be mitigated through pressure?


For example a sore that stings when touch or pushed but if you press hard enough the pain will go away, logically that’d make it hurt worse, not vice versa

In: Biology

The sensations of touch and pain are handled by different nerve fibers. If you get a lot of signals going through one set, it can inhibit the other set.

Imagine you have two people talking to you. Sometimes it’s hard to hear them both unless they go one at a time.

The gate control theory of pain. If you overstimulate certain nerve fibres, for example by rubbing a wound, it will overwhelm the pain stimulus that is entering the spinal cord at the same level and block it.