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Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and the reaction to experimental pain in human subjects.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  523169     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The effect of peripheral transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) on the reaction to experimental pain in human volunteers has been assessed. Placebo stimulation and electrical stimulation at moderate intensities failed to modify the response to the pain produced by conducted thermal stimuli. TENS at very high intensities did however elevate both the thermal pain threshold and the tolerance temperature. TENS at moderate intensities failed completely to alter the response to graded mechanical stimuli. The subjective pain assessment and the maximum pain tolerance produced by ischaemic pain after a submaximal effort tourniquet test were significantly modified by peripheral electrical stimulation at non-noxious intensities. The response to experimental pain can therefore be altered in man by peripheral electrical stimulation in a manner partly dependent on the sensory modality used for producing the experimental pain and on the intensity of the electrical stimulation.
C J Woolf
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pain     Volume:  7     ISSN:  0304-3959     ISO Abbreviation:  Pain     Publication Date:  1979 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-03-17     Completed Date:  1980-03-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7508686     Medline TA:  Pain     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  115-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Electronarcosis / methods*
Forearm / blood supply,  innervation
Hand / innervation
Ischemia / physiopathology
Mechanoreceptors / physiopathology
Nociceptors / physiopathology*
Pain / physiopathology*
Skin / innervation*
Temperature Sense / physiology

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