Reliability of the nociceptive flexor reflex (RIII) threshold and association with pain threshold

Micalos, Peter S., Drinkwater, Eric J., Cannon, Jack, Arendt-Nielsen, Lars and Marino, Frank E. 2009, Reliability of the nociceptive flexor reflex (RIII) threshold and association with pain threshold, European journal of applied physiology, vol. 105, no. 1, pp. 55-62, doi: 10.1007/s00421-008-0872-x.

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Title Reliability of the nociceptive flexor reflex (RIII) threshold and association with pain threshold
Author(s) Micalos, Peter S.
Drinkwater, Eric J.ORCID iD for Drinkwater, Eric J.
Cannon, Jack
Arendt-Nielsen, Lars
Marino, Frank E.
Journal name European journal of applied physiology
Volume number 105
Issue number 1
Start page 55
End page 62
Total pages 8
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2009-01
ISSN 1439-6327
Keyword(s) nociceptive
Summary The purpose of this study was to assess the reliability of the RIII reflex threshold and Pain threshold in three repeated trials using electrocutaneous stimuli. Each trial was separated by a mean of 4.3 +/- 2.9 days (between-trials) and included two repeated measurements (within-trial) of the RIII reflex threshold (RIII-T) and the Pain threshold (PT) separated by 20 min. The participants were 14 healthy males (mean age +/- SD, 23.5 +/- 5.3 years). There was a significant difference between the RIII-T and PT. The reliability of the RIII-T and PT shows a between-trials coefficient of variance (CV(SEM)) of 16.1 and 16.9%, respectively. The within-trial CV(SEM) for RIII-T and PT was 5.4 and 4.3%, respectively. There was a significant correlation between the RIII-T threshold and PT. The parallel association and correlation of the RIII-T with the PT suggests that the RIII-T is valid in experimental pain studies under standardised resting conditions.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s00421-008-0872-x
Field of Research 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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