There’s the It turns out that there really is such a thing as a Healing Touch (NOTE: subscribers can still listen to this show). And then there’s the healing clutch.

We tend to clutch the injured hand with the other one after one of them has been hurt. We also clutch injured parts of our bodies. A new study shows that this type of self-touch really does offer significant pain quotes pain researcher Patrick haggard as saying, “We show that levels of acute pain depend not just on the signals sent to the brain, but also on how the brain integrates these signals into a coherent representation of the body as a whole.” This may lead to a whole new way to navigate the future.

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