Crossing your arms can relieve pain
New research has suggested that crossing your arms across your body can lessen pain after burning your hand or sustaining an injury.
Scientists have found that crossing your arms confuses the brain about where pain is coming from and therefore an injury is perceived as being less painful.
They tested this theory by using a laser to create a pinprick of pure pain on the back of the hands of a team of volunteers.
The participants of the study had their brains scanned for pain responses and they also recorded how intense they felt the pain to be.
An identical test was then repeated but on this occasion the participants had their arms crossed across their body.
It was revealed through the brain scans and participant feedback that their perception of pain was reduced with their arms crossed.
The participants were tested when they crossed their arms over the ‘midline’ of their bodies, which is a vertical line running down the centre of their bodies.
Although researchers believe the most impact is felt on the hands and have not yet tested in on other parts of the body, they are hoping the discovery could lead to new pain reduction therapies.
Dr Giandomenico Iannetti, lead author of the findings which were published in the journal ‘Pain’, said in an interview: “Perhaps when we get hurt, we should not only 'rub it better' but also cross our arms.”
Explaining the results, he said: “In everyday life you mostly use your left hand to touch things on the left side of the world, and your right hand for the right side of the world.”
“This means that the areas of the brain that contain the map of the right body and the map of right external space are usually activated together, leading to highly effective processing of sensory stimuli.”
“When you cross your arms these maps are not activated together anymore, leading to less effective brain processing of sensory stimuli, including pain, being perceived as weaker,” he added.
Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know
Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly?
Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution.
What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room.
The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place. A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff.
All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”
Why: Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.”
“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”
Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.