A king’s ransom to whoever has been pain-free their entire life. Even though most of us dread pain in any form, this unpleasant sensation is in fact a normal and, in many cases, a desired warning mechanism.
What is pain and why is it good (sometimes)?
According to the International Association for the Study of Pain, pain is: “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage”. In other words, pain, although an uncomfortable feeling, serves as a warning mechanism that tells the body something might be wrong.
In order for the warning mechanism to work, our organisms must be equipped with highly sensitive nerves that detect potentially dangerous changes in pressure, temperature, or chemical balance and send information about these to the brain.
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