Saying ‘Ow’ And Being Vocal Really Does Help Tolerate Pain

(Telegraph) From birth, we instinctively yelp whenever we are hurt. Now, scientists say there is a reason behind our spontaneous groans as being vocal helps us tolerate pain. In a study, 56 people were asked to immerse their hands in painfully cold water. Those who uttered the word “ow” were able to stand the pain for up to three-and-a-half minutes longer. One theory is that the muscle movements involved in making such an exclamation interfere with the pain messages travelling to the brain. Click here to read more.

(Telegraph) From birth, we instinctively yelp whenever we are hurt.
Now, scientists say there is a reason behind our spontaneous groans as being vocal helps us tolerate pain.
In a study, 56 people were asked to immerse their hands in painfully cold water.
Those who uttered the word “ow” were able to stand the pain for up to three-and-a-half minutes longer.
One theory is that the muscle movements involved in making such an exclamation interfere with the pain messages travelling to the brain. Click here to read more.

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