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Human cutaneous sensors on the sole of the foot: Altered sensitivity and recovery time after whole body vibration.
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PMID:  23201635     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The goal of this study was to investigate the effect of whole body vibration (WBV) on human tactile sensitivity, both the immediate effects and the recovery time in the case of altered sensitivity. Twenty adults (25.3 ±2.6 years, 10 males) participated in a 10- minute WBV session, at a frequency of 42Hz with 2mm amplitude in a spiral mode. Sensitivity was measured before and four times after WBV exposure. Pressure sensation was determined using Von Frey monofilaments. Vibration perception thresholds for 30 and 200Hz were measured using a custom built neurothesiometer. The sensation was measured in 5 anatomical regions of the right foot. Sensitivity of measured cutaneous perception was significantly reduced. Fast-adapting mechanoreceptors for 200Hz and 30Hz showed 5.2 and 3.8 times lower sensation values immediately after WBV, respectively. Pressure sensation was 2 times lower in comparison to the baseline condition. In general, tactile sensitivity recovery time was between 2 and 3hours. WBV influences the discharge of fast-adapting skin mechanoreceptors. By determining the recovery time, it might be possible to estimate how long the effects of WBV on tactile sensitivity last.
Anelise Sonza; Christian Maurer; Matilde Achaval; Milton A Zaro; Benno M Nigg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuroscience letters     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-7972     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurosci. Lett.     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7600130     Medline TA:  Neurosci Lett     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Human Performance Laboratory, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Instituto de Ciências Básicas da Saúde, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. Electronic address:
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