Needle Pain Gets Shot Down When You Don’t Watch

New study finds not looking at the injection lessens pain

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

Does getting a shot or having blood drawn make you faint with fear? Close your eyes really, really tight.

MyHealthNewsDaily reports a recent study out of Germany found that when those being studied looked at a video of a needle going into a hand while they received a little shock on their own hand, they rated the pain much higher than they did when they received the shock while viewing a Q-tip touching a hand.

“We’ve provided empirical evidence in favor of the common advice not to look at the needle prick when receiving an injection,” Marion Höfle, a researcher for the study, says in a statement reported on the website.

Perhaps we should be shown videos of cute little kittens next time we go to the dentist.

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