Holding Hands Reduces Pain
Study on Loved Ones Finds Connection
Holdings hands with a loved one reduces physical pain, report researchers at the University of Colorado and University of Haifa that studied the brainwaves of 22 heterosexual couples between ages 23 and 32. When in each other’s presence, the couples’ brainwaves tended to synchronize, especially in the alpha mu band, a measure of focused attention; holding hands amplified this effect and markedly lowered pain levels. The more empathetic the man was to the woman’s pain, the more their brain activity synced and her pain decreased. Men that were less empathetic did not produce the same effect.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
This article appears in the August 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.
More from Natural Awakenings
Our May issue arrives with spring in the air, the lazy days of summer in our dreams and the memories of past seasons fresh in our minds.
Rebecka Lassen announces the release of her first book, Socially Accepted Intuition, on May 7, strategically chosen to coincide with Trust Your Intuition Day, which is celebrated in the same week.
Sitka Salmon Shares announces their eighth season as the leading Community Supported Fishery (CSF) in the Midwest.
When we take time to understand what caused an emotion by examining it in a kind and loving way, we can learn how to release it from our body.
The Upper Midwest Hanmi Buddhist Association is hosting an Open House and Celebration, from 7 to 9 p.m., on May 22, in joy and gratitude for their first 108 days in business at their new location.