Can swearing reduce pain?


Swearing indeed appears to have a surprising effect on pain reduction. Both and discuss how studies have shown that swearing can actually reduce the sensation of pain. , Chief of Pain Medicine at Stanford University, highlights a study that indicated swearing works to alleviate pain, although the specific reasons why are not entirely clear. This interesting result got some attention when it was published, despite not fully understanding the underlying mechanisms. However, they do not promote swearing as a general recommendation for pain management 1.

Mechanical Interventions for Pain

Andrew and Sean discuss the gate control theory of pain and the role of mechanical interventions in reducing pain, such as rubbing, massage, acupuncture, and heat/cold therapy. They also touch on the surprising effectiveness of swearing in reducing pain.

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Dr. Sean Mackey: Tools to Reduce & Manage Pain
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