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: