Is Tickling the Key to Slowing Down Aging?

Is Tickling the Key to Slowing Down Aging?

In an age where scientific advances are made on the daily, it’s not so unbelievable that scientists might have just found the key to slowing down the aging process.

From ancient times until now, we humans have dreamed of finding a way to keep from getting older. Or, at least, a way to stop looking any older. We started with tales of youth elixirs and fountains of youth. And we worked our way up to anti-aging face creams and moisturizers.

And now, scientists might have actually found the real key to unlocking the science behind slowing down the aging process.

That key is… tickling.

It might sound crazy at first. Mad, even. But let’s break it down, and see what the research has to say about it.

What kind of tickling are we talking about?

When we say “tickling,” we don’t mean your everyday kind of tickling. It’s not the kind where your body spasms in laughter and pain.

This kind of ticking is different. It’s where doctors clip something to your ear, that sends electrical currents down your nervous system. Nothing painful, just a slight tingling sensation. And this sensation is being called “tickling.”

So, it’s important to realize, that having someone tickle you every day, is not quite the same as what we’re discussing here.

What does the tickling do?

The small electrical pulses that are sent through the body, work to balance out the nervous system.

Tickle therapy won’t make you look younger. It can’t turn back the time on your skin and suddenly make you look 20 again. BUT it can help with your overall health.

As we get older, our nervous systems can get out of balance (between the parasympathetic and sympathetic branches). And this imbalance is what causes a lot of the diseases and health issues that we associate with aging. So, by using this method of tickling, the aim is to balance out the nervous system in order to slow down the risk of age-related medical issues.

Why the ear?

Rather than to do invasive surgery or use addictive medications, scientists want a way to reach the nervous system that’s easy and safe for patients. This means finding somewhere that is connected to the nervous system, but also easily accessible.

Enter: the ear.

Made up of a whole bunch of different parts, the ear is directly connected to the brain. And, if you didn’t already know, the central nervous system is made up of two parts: the brain and the spinal cord. So, reaching the brain is important if you want to reach the nervous system.

Now, without getting too scientific here, when sound waves enter the ear, they cause your eardrum to vibrate. These vibrations then continue to set off a chain reaction of waves and pulses, until they finally reach your cochlear nerve. This nerve is still in your ear (the very inner part, actually), but it sends the movement directly to your brain. And, your brain takes it from there.

So, by sending small electric pulses to the ear, we can also directly access the brain., i.e. the nervous system.

What does tickle therapy look like?

As tickle therapy is not out on the market yet, so to say, we can only imagine what it will look like based on how the research went down.

In the recent studies done, participants were tickled about 15 minutes a day for 2 weeks. Afterward, they were measured for heart rate, depression, blood pressure, sleep, and more. And, amazingly, participants showed signs of improvement.

Studies are still being done, but this is where the research is up to now.