In a groundbreaking finding, researchers have identified a new sensory organ under the skin that can detect pain as a result of impact or pinpricks. The organ comprises of glial cells with multiple long protrusions which collectively make up the mesh-like organ under the skin.
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Pain signaling occurs much faster than previously believed. Researchers report thickly myelinated nerves contribute to pain processing speeds.
The expectation of pain, even when the stimulus isn't painful, can lead us to believe we are hurt, a new study reveals. Using fMRI neuroimaging, researchers report expectations influence how we perceive and process pain.
Researchers report virtual reality can help to lower pain levels and increase performance when undertaking physical activity. Participants using VR reported a pain intensity 10% lower than those not using the technology when performing isometric bicep curls.
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Researchers present a new theory which states, following amputation, the neural circuitry connected to the missing limb becomes entangled with other neural networks, specifically ones responsible for pain perception.