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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1995;19(2):17.
The Change of the Electrical Stimulation Induced Pain Threshold According to Skin Temperature
Min-Ho Kim, M.D., Si-Bog Park, M.D. , Kang-Mok Lee, M.D.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Medicine, Hanyang University

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Aju University College of Medicine*

피부온도변화에 따른 전기자극유발 동통역치의 변화
김민호, 박시복, 이강목
한양대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실

An investigation was designed to assess and compare the effects of therapeutic forms of heat and cold on the pain threshold in the normal adults. The volunteers of this study were 34 healthy adults. We used hot-packs for heat and criojet air c 100E(medizintechnik GMBH, Germany) for cold. The pain threshold was quantatively measured by means of an electrical stimulation and distance of two-point discrimination by compass according to skin temperature. And then we assessed their relation to BMI(body mass index).

The results were as follows:

1) heat and cold were both found to raise the normal pain threshold and distance of two-point discrimination significantly and cryotherapy was significantly more effective than heat.

2) In higher BMI, the distance of two-point discrimination was significantly increased at each skin temperature.

Key Words: Cryotherapy, Heat, Pain threshold, Two-point discrimination, Body mass index


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