The study conducted by Tel Aviv University (TAU), examined a group of  young men and observed that although pain tolerance seemed unaffected by stress, but there was a significant increase in pain intensification and a decrease in pain inhibition capabilities.


Professor Ruth Defrin of Physical Therapy at TAU’s said  the type of stress and magnitude of its appraisal actually determines its interaction with the pain system, so if the perceived stress was high, the pain modulation capabilities would be more dysfunctional.


Defrin further added previous studies have always suggested that chronic stress was far more damaging than acute stress, as it not only dysfunctions pain modulation capabilities but also leads to chronic pain and systemic illness.


The researcher  advised to do everything in a controlled power and adopt relaxation and stress reduction techniques as well as therapies to reduce the amount of stress in daily life.

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