How we know we have Pain
Pain that we experience is the result of a series of interactions that happen between three different areas of your nervous system:
These extend from your spinal cord to your skin, as well as to your muscles and all internal organs. There are two types of peripheral nerves.
One type have receptors that respond to touch, pressure, vibration, cold and warmth. The other type have ‘nociceptors’ at their extremities, which are receptors that identify either actual or potential tissue damage.
Nociceptors are concentrated in extremities of the body in areas such as fingers and toes. When nociceptors detect a harmful stimulus such as something that comes into violent contact with the body, they relay pain messages as electrical impulses along a peripheral nerve to your spinal cord and brain. This system ensures that we feel acute pain almost instantly.
The pain impulses enter the spinal cord through the dorsal horn, where they release neurotransmitters that activate other nerve cells which then process the signal and send it up to the brain.
The neurotransmitter activations eventually arrive at the thalamus, which is the ‘motor control’ in the brain that receives all sensory signals. The thalamus then forwards the message simultaneously to three different areas of the brain: the somatosensory cortex, the limbic system and the frontal cortex. The brain then responds to the pain and sends impulses that attempt to reduce the pain in the spinal cord.
Note: TENS machines produce an electrical charge that permeates the skin helping to block the pain signals, whereas the PainSolv® device uses a different technology, 'Pulsed Electromagnetic Wave Field Therapy', to target the pain. PainSolv® does not contain magnets of any kind and is not magnet therapy.
Click here to see the difference between PEMF, EMS, personal Ultrasound and TENS therapies and pain medications.