Desensitization involves the stimulation of a hypersensitive area with a variety of textures as well as vibration, immersion particles, silicone gel and massage. 

Desensitisation aims to:

  • Reduce pain
  • Reduce discomfort when an area is touched
  • Ensure normal functional use

Once an area has been desensitized, then sensory re-education can be introduced.  This is necessary to discriminate sensations needed for everyday activities.

The treatment involves teaching self help methods to desensitize scars or amputated digits using a variety of techniques such as massage, textures, immersion particles, vibration and silicone gel:

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