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Papers: 4 Mar 2023 - 10 Mar 2023


Human Studies, Neurobiology, Neuromodulation

2023 Mar 22





Decrease in current perception thresholds of A-beta fibers by subthreshold noise stimulation using transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation.


Shimo K, Fukui H, Ueta H, Naka M, Miyamoto S, Nishikawa E, Ohga S, Matsubara T


Developing effective supplements and rehabilitation of the impaired tactile and proprioception sensation is a significant challenge. One potential method for improving these sensations in clinical practice is using stochastic resonance with white noise. While transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a simple method, the effect of subthreshold noise stimulation via TENS on sensory nerve thresholds is currently unknown. This study aimed to investigate whether subthreshold TENS can alter afferent nerve thresholds. The electric current perception thresholds (CPT) of A-beta, A-delta, and C fibers were assessed in 21 healthy volunteers during both subthreshold TENS and control conditions. Subthreshold TENS was found to have lower CPT values compared to the control condition for A-beta fibers. No significant differences were observed between subthreshold TENS and control for A-delta and C fibers. Our findings indicated that subthreshold TENS might selectively enhance the function of A-beta fibers.