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Thermal sensation and the skin sensation test: regional differences and their effects on the issue of reliability of temperature ranges


Thermal sensation and the skin sensation test: regional differences and their effects on the issue of reliability of temperature ranges



Australian Journal of PhysioTherapy 34(2): 89-93



ISSN/ISBN: 0004-9514

PMID: 25026050

DOI: 10.1016/s0004-9514(14)60603-6

This study assesses the differences in temperature sensitivity of skin areas. The subjects were required to associate the water content of test-tubes with the different heat sensations. The side of the test-tube was placed on the skin area and the temperature was matched with the subject's response. Analyses were limited to the warmth and cold sensations as generalizations can be made from these in terms of differences in the skin areas in heat perception. In the face, the temperature associated with warmth was significantly lower than in the forearm and the leg. This trend was different between the three areas in terms of the cold temperatures. The intra-individual difference suggests that results of skin sensation tests should be interpreted with some caution.

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