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Telethermographic findings after transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.
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PMID:  3484829     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to determine whether some types of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation cause local vasodilation. The amount of vascular perfusion was monitored using telethermography to gauge the skin temperature of the area to which TENS was applied. We studied the effects of four different modalities of TENS (intensities of 1.5 and 3 times the sensory threshold and frequencies of 3 pulses per second [pps] and 100 pps), delivered through small and large electrodes (1.5 cm and 4 cm in diameter), on 10 healthy subjects. Stimulation at 3 times the sensory threshold produced local hyperthermia, which was maximal when a current of 100 pps was delivered through small electrodes. Because any physical or chemical effects of the current could be eliminated as causes of hyperthermia, the rise in skin temperature was considered to be a result of increased vascular perfusion. The results of the study demonstrate that some types of TENS cause local vasodilation. This effect may represent another mechanism by which such techniques provide pain relief, particularly in the treatment of myofascial syndromes.
M Leandri; O Brunetti; C I Parodi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical therapy     Volume:  66     ISSN:  0031-9023     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Ther     Publication Date:  1986 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-03-10     Completed Date:  1986-03-10     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0022623     Medline TA:  Phys Ther     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  210-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Electric Stimulation Therapy*
Myofascial Pain Syndromes / therapy
Skin Temperature*
Thermography / methods
Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation* / methods

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