gate control theory


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gate control theory

A theory which states that pain may be relieved by the application of pressure to certain parts of the body because the brain receives messages concerning pressure faster that it receives messages concerning pain. In other words, once a pressure message has reached the brain, the “gateway” for further (i.e. pain) messages is closed.
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Another one is gate control theory as induced by the application of electrical stimulation which may be inhibit pain signals to some extent by clear alteration of the nervous system or may be by motivation of inhibitory sensory neurons,20 and/or the indirect impacts of gene aspect by local interference of the electrochemical changes.21 Recent theory proposes that PEMF therapy can perform alteration in the gene aspect the comprising genes of pain courses like endogenous opioids and eicosanoid enzyme courses.22Any of these may be submitted the underlying mechanisms liable for the outcomes of this study.
Blair said the gate control theory was "well and truly out the door".
To understand how topical pain relievers work, it's important to understand something called gate control theory. This theory involves overriding the pain sensations through the application of an outside stimulus (Biofreeze in this case) to the skin.
Melzack's (1999) gate control theory of pain is the most commonly studied theory in contemporary healthcare practice.
In the spinal cord, the gate control theory is believed to play a role.
This gate control theory is the basis of various methods of pain relief, e.g., massaging the painful area, applying irritable substances, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation etc.
the signal input gate control theory. The stimulation of peripheral thick fast-conducting nerve fibers activates dorsal horn neurons before signals arrive via A5 and C fibers that cannot additionally activate them (the gate has been closed).
Acupressure also utilizes the Gate Control Theory of Pain (Weatherspoon, 2011).
Medistik uses a process known as "gate control theory," which works by overriding pain sensations on their way to the brain by using heat or cold.
The socio-political nature of these debates was especially evident in the rapid adoption of the "gate control theory" of pain.
Gate control theory is considered to be one of most accepted theory of pain.