If You’re in Pain, Holding Your Partner’s Hand Can Help

A new study “Brain-to-brain coupling during handholding is associated with pain reduction” says that holding your loved one’s hand during difficult times will synchronize your breathing, heart rate, and brain wave patterns, and ultimately ease your pain. Additionally, the more empathy your partner has for you, the more in sync your brainwaves will become, and the more relief you will feel.Researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder collaborated with researchers from the University of Haifa to conduct this study and make this interesting discovery, which shows just how important physical interaction is. “We have developed a lot of ways to communicate in the modern world and we have fewer physical interactions. This paper illustrates the power and importance of human touch,” explained Pavel Goldstein, lead author of the study and postdoctoral pain researcher in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at CU Boulder.Goldstein decided to explore the idea of a “healing touch” just after his daughter was born. According to Neuroscience News, he said that holding his wife’s hand appeared to ease her pain significantly. “I wanted to test it out in the lab: Can one really decrease pain with touch, and if so, how?” Goldstein found support in his colleagues and went on to conduct a few experiments, which ultimately yielded significant findings.

Source: If You’re in Pain, Holding Your Partner’s Hand Can Help – Thriveworks

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