PAIN BYTE #4: Alarm System Malfunction

Your pain system – like an alarm system can start to malfunction. Over time, pain and other biological factors change the central nervous system’s perception and signaling.  As pain continues or becomes chronic, the alarm system changes and becomes more sensitive. The pain sensing nerves send the same signals as if there was a threat of injury or damage when...

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PAIN BYTE #3: Spinal Cord Switchboard

We touched on the Gate Control Theory in the last post. The spinal cord and the brain have the ability to act like a "gate" and control the flow of information that is received or sent from it. Your body has millions of these sensors that are constantly sending messages to your brain about the current state of your body. Some sensors or nociceptors, respond ...

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