Human grooming by Daniel Laberge
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Science couldn't find the pain

Only your skin
can hurt this way

Science was wrong about the location of most pain.
Grooming proves its source is not beneath the skin, but in the folds of the skin itself.

Pain receptors hooked to the brain

You sense pain through specialized nerve endings called «nociceptors».

  Nociceptors  
                                 Nociceptors  

When a nociceptor is aggressed, it transmits the information along dedicated nerve fibers to the brain.

Path of nervous impulse
En route to the brain

The average concentration of nociceptors on one square inch of skin is 1,300.

1,300 pain receptors on one square inch of skin
Nociceptors per sqare inch
Every dot is a nociceptor

Even though there are tens of thousands of them on your body, each one has its own connection to the brain.
Some travel through your spinal cord while others go directly.

Misunderstood types of pain

We are told that there are three types of physical pain:
-Cutaneous pain: Caused by injury to the skin’s surface such as cuts, minor burns or lacerations.
-Somatic pain: Originating from the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments, mostly at articulations.
-Visceral pain: Comes from your organs.

Most nerve endings and receptors
are in the skin

Your skin is packed with nerve endings and pain receptors.
Muscles, joints and organs have few compared to the skin.
The pain they produce is dull and widely spread, in comparison to the localized stinging sensation of skin pain.

Mislabeled cutaneous pain

Most of what is thought to be somatic pain is in fact cutaneous pain.
The pain comes from the folds and their crossings.

Articulations can’t hurt,
they don’t feel

Articulations are poorly equipped in nerve endings and receptors.
They only hurt when badly forced out of position.
Your skin has entangled itself into the articulation and is now caught inside.
That’s what hurts.
Your articulations were conceived to withstand at least three times the wear and tear you have put them through.
They are new.

Somatic versus cutaneous pain

Real somatic muscle pain is diffused over an area.
It occurs only once in a while when a muscle is used more than previously.
If you experience a stinging, pinching and localized sensation, then it's cutaneous pain.

Folds and crossings are painful

Folds are like continuously pinching your skin.
Crossings become pain monsters since the tension from their folds travels down to them.
Just one painful crossing can ruin your whole day.

Skin caught in the muscles

The skin attaches itself to the muscle at the positions where there is the most mobility below it.
Then, anytime you do a movement, you pull on the fold.
Repeatedly doing an action causes a pointed, stinging pain.
Check that pain location and you will find a fold crossing.
Even muscular spasms, such as cramps, happen at fold crossings.

Skin caught in the bones

Every articulation on your body has developed its set of folds (sometimes quite visible). They limit your movements, but they can become very painful at times.
The skin is pinched between bone and cartilage when you put the articulation into action.
Folds crease the skin over your spine and follow every detail, going in and out, around and beneath every structure on their path.
Folds attach themselves to ledges and rough corners of your skeleton.
The skin becomes pinned down to the bone with no mobility.

 

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