einstein (São Paulo). 01/Sep/2014;12(3):318-22.

Influence of different frequencies of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on the threshold and pain intensity in young subjects

Adriana de Oliveira Gomes, Ana Caroline Silvestre, Cristina Ferreira da Silva, Mariany Ribeiro Gomes, Maria Lúcia Bonfleur, Gladson Ricardo Flor Bertolini

DOI: 10.1590/s1679-45082014ao3092

Objective
To investigate the effects of different transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation frequencies in nociception front of a pressure pain threshold and cold in healthy individuals.
Methods
Twenty healthy subjects were divided into four groups, all of which have gone through all forms of electrical stimulation at different weeks. Assessments were pre and post-therapy, 20 and 60 minutes after stimulation. To evaluate the pressure pain threshold, an algometer was used with one tapered tip, pressing the hypothenar region until voluntary report the word “pain”. Cold pain intensity was assessed by immersion in water at 5°C for 30 seconds; at the end, the subject was asked to quantify the pain intensity on a Visual Analog Scale for Pain. For electrical stimulation, two electrodes were used near the elbow, for 20 minutes, with an intensity strong, but not painful. The frequency was in accordance with the group: 0Hz (placebo); 7Hz; 100Hz; and 255Hz.
Results
Both for the assessment of pressure pain threshold as the cold pain intensity, there was no significant difference (p>0.05).
Conclusion
We conclude that the use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on dermatomes C6 to C8 produced no significant change in pressure pain threshold or cold discomfort.

Influence of different frequencies of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on the threshold and pain intensity in young subjects

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