by Daniel Laberge
Human grooming

Science couldn't find the pain

Only your skin can hurt that way.
But scientist keep on searching beneath it.

Reserchers didn't put their finger on the problem

Using the wrong tools

Finding your pain in your skin

Press your nail into your pain and you will find a fold crossing in the skin.

How pain is transmitted

Tiny nerves travelling long distances


Nociceptors in your skin are specialized in pain detection.

Path of nervous impulse

The pain impulses are transmitted from the nociceptors to the brain along fine nerve strands.

Your skin is packed with nociceptors

1,300 pain receptors on one square inch of skin.

Nociceptors per square inch

Enlarged view of one square inch of skin.
Every dot is a nociceptor.

Misunderstood cutaneous pain

Failing to understand that folds in the skin are painful

Folds and crossings are painful

Most nerve endings and receptors are in the skin

Articulations can’t hurt; they don’t feel

Folds and crossings dig deeply into what is beneath

Filling every nook and cranny

Seeing internal features beneath the skin

© Andrew Blight

The folds and their crossings pin down the skin into whatever is beneath it.

Skin caught in the muscles causes pain

Skin caught between the bones

Skin anchored to what is beneath

© Adam Cohn

As you can see, the skin has anchored itself to what is beneath it in several places.
Any movement will pull on the skin and create pain at the deepest points.

Why didn't the scientists find the pain?

Was it incompetence, cowardice or conflicting interests?