Joe shares some thoughts with us on how touch helps modulate the pain response in our body. 

Pain depends both on the strength of the stimulus, the emotional state, and the setting in which the injury occurs.

When pain messages arrive to our brain, the brain can process them differently depending not only on the strength of the stimulus, but also the emotional state of the person.  

Although everyone has these brain circuits, how well they work, and how sensitive they are, influences how much pain someone feels. WE create a mosaic of activity that influences how we experience pain.  

Joe LaVacca is a Physical Therapist based out of New York City where he owns his own private practice; Strength in Motion Physical Therapy. Joe’s focus on communication, emotion, and education are the 3 primary tools he uses to build empowerment while teaching and with his patients. Joe is the lead educator for Fringe Inc, a company focused on building a community for human beings to support one another, while promoting and celebrating the very things that make us who we are.