I'm considering asking the following question:

How can I increase my pain tolerance for electronic muscle stimulation?

I'm participating in a research study about strength training. As part of the study, the researcher applies an electric shock to my arm while I'm lifting a weight. The researcher said that the shock should only be mildly uncomfortable, but I found it very painful.

Are there any ways I can increase my pain tolerance for these shocks? In particular, as part of the study, I'm lifting weights regularly. Can I expect my pain tolerance to go down as the muscles the shock is applied to get stronger?

Would it be on topic on this site?

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    My inclination is to say it's okay albeit a topic I don't think we've had before. What exactly is this research that you're participating in and why the shocks?
    – user241
    May 8, 2014 at 1:48
  • I asked the question here: fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/16480/… I added some more information about what's going on in the study to the question.
    – Kevin
    May 13, 2014 at 2:52

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I vote yes! Would love to learn more about this. Has certainly been a relevant recovery technique for me in the past, and I think this would be of general interest.

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