Episode1 Segment 1 - How do we feel pain?

Fast Fact 1

Pain is in
the brain

Fast Fact 2

The degree of
pain is influenced
by many things

How do we feel pain?

Essentially, pain is the way your brain interprets information about a particular sensation that your body is experiencing. Information (or "signals") about this painful sensation is sent via nerve pathways to your brain. When these signals enter the brain they are processed and interpreted.

A number of different regions within the brain process the signals, work out the location of an injury or other cause, what this means to you, identifies any threats of ongoing damage and then interprets how much pain we feel.