How To Stop Any Pain In Minutes

How To Stop Any Pain In Minutes

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One of the most arresting images ever seen
in the media was the photograph of a Buddhist monk setting himself on fire on a busy road
in Saigon in 1963. His act of what is called “self-immolation”
was in protest against how Buddhists were treated by the South Vietnamese government. An American journalist named David Halberstam
witnessed the “Burning Monk” with his own eyes. He later wrote, “flames were coming from
a human being; his body was slowly withering and shriveling up, his head blackening and
charring. In the air was the smell of burning human
flesh; human beings burn surprisingly quickly.” But what is perhaps more surprising are these
words, “As he burned he never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, his outward composure
in sharp contrast to the wailing people around him.” It was as if the monk was able to control
his pain completely. How did this monk achieve this state of calm
and seemingly become impregnable to the pain of burning? We’ve all burned our hands on something
before and know how much that hurts, until the nerves are dead the pain a person feels
from being burned is intense to say the least. But the monk who set himself on fire was an
extreme circumstance, and today we’re looking into whether smaller events that involve pain
can be controlled. For instance, what about when an evil infection
in your tooth has created a pocket of pus that causes an intense toothache. Some of you will know how that feels and might
have wanted to perform some ad hoc home surgery and knock out your own tooth to stop the pain. But imagine you could just eliminate the pain,
or at least manage your brain in a way that you could handle it? The same goes for chronic backache, broken
bones, ingrown toenails, the humming and throbbing caused by an insect bite. Could you really avoid all of these aches
and pains using only your mind? In 2011, researchers in the USA wanted to
get to the bottom of pain management and meditation. They weren’t researching monks who had devoted
a lifetime to meditation, but ordinary people. According to NPR, the neuroscientists who
led the study took normal healthy individuals and asked them to attend four sessions on
“mindfulness and meditation”. They then subjected those people to pain by
burning their legs. The outcome of this study was that the subjects
reported less intensity of pain after the sessions, and measurements of brain activity
showed that the parts of the brain that normally light up in response to pain were less active. The conclusion was that meditation might help
people deal with pain, and that you don’t have to be a Buddhist monk to reap the benefits. But that’s not totally blanking out pain,
it’s just a slight reduction in pain. So how do we get to the point that we can
almost eliminate pain completely? We found a scientific paper online called,
“Pain Sensitivity and Analgesic Effects of Mindful States in Zen Meditators: A Cross-Sectional
Study.” In this study non-meditators joined a group
of seasoned meditators and they were all subjected to varying levels of pain, sometimes intense. Unsurprisingly, the meditators reported experiencing
less pain, and the scientists believed this was related to how they managed to slow their
respiratory rate. A former student of vipassana meditation explained
that when someone is asked to sit in the Lotus position for many hours a day, that the position
alone can be very painful. He talked about being hit by an arrow, in
that first there is the pain of the piercing of the skin and after that there is the emotional
pain that follows. He said monks will observe the first pain
and then ignore the second emotional response. A trained monk might be able to sit and feel
pain, observe it, but then accept it. They don’t react to it emotionally. They cut off all attachment to the emotional
part of the pain. Being able to disassociate yourself enough
to cut off your emotional attachment to pain doesn’t sound like the kind of thing most
people can do, but we wanted to know more so we looked online at forums where this kind
of meditative pain management was discussed. Many people who had been students of mediation
said they didn’t think they could get to a state where they felt no pain at all when
it should be extreme. We did find one person who said he’d practiced
Zen meditation for 26 years and said, “I have actually had a crown done without Novocain,
using meditation alone.” Wow. Meditation master or masochist? If we take him at his word, then it seems
even a novice can use mediation to lessen pain, and perhaps an expert might be able
to deal with more significant pain, but let’s look deeper into this. While you probably won’t ever be in a position
where you’ll be setting yourself on fire, it is very likely that at some point you’ll
experience chronic pain, you know, the kind of pain that lasts a while and either never
fully goes away or keeps coming back. Before you ask, no, you’re never going to
escape the sudden jolt of pain that comes from standing on a Lego brick, but you might
be able to reduce other kinds of pain. Dr. Ellen Slawsby, an assistant clinical professor
of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said that she has a bunch of tactics for controlling
pain with both the mind and body combined. Like the meditators do, she said controlling
your breathing might help a lot. It’s simple to do. Sit down and take breaths and concentrate
on those breaths. It’s just you and your breathing. It’s sometimes called “controlled-breathing.” The New York Times writes that this is an
ancient practice and has been proven to not only help with pain but to also increase alertness
and boost a person’s immune system. Here’s a snippet from that story:
“Consciously changing the way you breathe appears to send a signal to the brain to adjust
the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system, which can slow heart rate and digestion
and promote feelings of calm as well as the sympathetic system, which controls the release
of stress hormones like cortisol.” It sounds crazy, but one doctor who was interviewed
said he had seen some of his patients transformed by simply taking some time each day to breathe
in, pause, breathe out. Ok, we know that if you didn’t do that all
day you’d die, but we are talking about a kind of focused breathing here, not the
unconscious kind. Countless health professionals say this will
calm you down, and if you are calmed then the emotional response to pain we discussed
earlier might well be lessened. Humans can exaggerate pain by letting it control
us. Pain is, err, painful, but we can learn to
respond to it better. Pain is of course in the brain, and so if
we understand that our brains might exaggerate pain perhaps we can reverse that and lessen
pain with these pieces of advice. You might say we need brain relief to achieve
pain relief. We can look at an example of something called
a “nocebo”, which is the opposite of a placebo. It’s when someone feels something that gives
them a negative impact on health when there is nothing there. One example we found was a man that went to
hospital after stepping on a long nail. His boot was stuck on his foot and when it
was moved just a little the man screamed out, so he was given the strong opiate fentanyl. When the pain killer had kicked in and the
boot was finally removed it turned out the nail had gone between his toes and missed
his foot completely. There was no injury at all. The pain was his own creation. We can sometimes be tricked into feeling pain,
so why not the opposite? The website Pain Science writes about this,
saying, “For every case like this there must be hundreds more where the injury is
real but the patient is convinced that the damage is much worse than it really is — with
proportionately exaggerated pain.” We don’t mean to undermine anyone’s pain,
but many scientists tell us we interpret pain. We give it a value, if unconsciously. Have you ever arrived at the hospital and
felt safer and suddenly the pain subsided somewhat? There is evidence of WW2 injured soldiers
feeling little pain when pulled off the battlefield with bad injuries. In the paper, “Relationship of significance
of wound to pain experienced,” it’s written that this might have been related to the fact
that they were finally safe and away from that battlefield. Their sense of relief managed the pain somewhat. What this has to do with you and you controlling
pain is simply that if you can lessen the mental anxiety when dealing with pain it might
actually result in less pain. As one researcher put it, you turn down the
volume before the amplification happens. The experts tell us that mindfulness and positive
thinking go a long way to helping reduce pain. People often think of the pain as a whole,
like it’s all over them and it will never go away. What they should do is focus on the area of
the pain and then try and understand what kind of pain it is, whether a burning sensation
or a throbbing sensation or something else. They should then treat it with kindness as
if they were nurturing a child in pain. Once you know the area of the pain you can
also then concentrate on a part of your body that isn’t in pain. Try your hardest to focus all your attention
on that area. Breathe in, breathe out, and see how long
you can focus your thoughts on the non-painful part of the body. You could do this outside with the sun shining
on you. You will feel the rays warm parts of your
body. Focusing on other stimuli other than the pain
helps manage the pain. If anything at all can distract you from your
pain then look to that thing. You might try breathing exercises, but you
might also just put yourself in a position where external stimulus takes your mind off
the pain. You can practice the art of being distracted. Drug addicts in their numbers have talked
about how just getting up and doing something helped them to deal with the pain of withdrawal. You might already be sitting there thinking
ok, this is so new age-y, the Infographics Show is starting to sound like some crackpot
alternative health website that is selling snake oil to its viewers. That’s not true, all the resources we have
used so far have been from reputable institutions. Take for example a man named David Linden. He is a neuroscience professor at Johns Hopkins
University. This is what he said about pain and the brain:
“The brain can say, ‘Hey that’s interesting. Turn up the volume on this pain information
that’s coming in.’ Or it can say, ‘Oh no — let’s turn down
the volume on that and pay less attention to it.’” In a book he wrote he said that when torturers
did their work they realized that the anticipation of pain really increased its impact. Out thoughts that giveth pain and they can
take it away. That’s not from the bible, that’s just
us sounding biblical. Like those Buddhist monks, he said that we
react to pain physically and emotionally and we need to somehow dull our emotional response
to it. When you encounter pain you might feel fear,
anxiety, a sense of it never stopping. But studies have shown, for instance one published
in the American Psychologist, that dealing with these negative feelings will reduce pain. We are not saying that by following these
techniques you’ll be able to sit in the road on fire and not move an inch nor make
any gesture that you are in pain, but many researchers are pretty sure that using these
techniques you might have a chance of controlling your pain so it doesn’t overwhelm you. We found plenty of research saying the brain
can be tricked into feeling pain when there should be none, and also research that reveals
the brain can be tricked into not feeling pain or feeling less pain when there might
be lots. You never know, maybe some of the things we
have said today might help you, and hey, it could prevent you from hitting those painkillers. Have any of you tried any of the methods we
have talked about? Did they work for you? Tell us in the comments. Now go watch “Most Painful Animal Attacks
Human Could Ever Endure” and imagine applying these techniques. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe. See you next time.

100 thoughts on “How To Stop Any Pain In Minutes”

  1. Moooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom!

  2. If you unaware most of the time you won't even notice it until you touch the spot or look at it

    Pain is just like a placebo IMO

    And most people can't feel pain at all
    It's a disorder

  3. Me I just close my eyes and think that if feels soft and tickley why? And won’t feel pain please tell me why

  4. When I was younger me and my sis broke a sink and a BIGGGG piece of glass cut through my hand and I didn’t even know. I felt absolutely no pain not even a touch. Why is that?

  5. 3 year old me before watching this

    cuts off thumb feels pain up to top of my arm

    cuts off arm feels pain around whole body hmmmmmmmm

    jumps off a cliff

  6. I am questioning my life because there is a guy with a nail I’m his hand and he is smiling and there is a guy with shock should help him

  7. Pain is just a tought,believe me,I tested it.If you think,and tell yourself that pain is just a tought,you won't feel any kind of pain

  8. I can feel pain but if i get hurt i say i cant go to school and if something hurts for real i ignore it even if it hirts i say nah that dosnt hurt

  9. How to stop any pain in 1 minute

    Me learns how to do it

    Also me:I am immortal now!I wont worry about stubbing my toe!

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