How The Brain Shapes Pain And Links Ouch With Emotion

Pain signals interact with many different brain areas, including those involved in physical sensation, thinking and emotion. The most obvious evolutionary reason for this is to prevent or minimize damage to the body. Touch a hot stove and pain tells you to move your hand away. Fast. For some patients, learned techniques can provide an alternative to pain drugs, including opioids. And for pain patients who rely on medications, she says, psychological therapies can often help the drugs work better.  For the complete article, click on the image below.