Can thinking something will be painful make it painful?

“It hurts when I do that so it’s bad and I shouldn’t do it!” Sounds logical doesn’t it but if you think something will hurt will it hurt more. We know that exercise increases pressure pain thresholds which is known as exercise-induced hypoalgesia. But can thinking that exercise will be painful make it painful?

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  • Vaegter, Henrik Bjarke, et al. “Power of Words: Influence of Preexercise Information on Hypoalgesia after Exercise-Randomized Controlled Trial.” Medicine and science in sports and exercise (2020).

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