Joint Mechanoreceptors

Christy Cael’s article of that title, in newest edition of ABMP’s Massage & Bodywork, was a nice refresher (as it was chocked full of information!) The three types of articular mechanoreceptors are: ruffinian, pacinian, and Golgi-like-fusiform. They are similar to, and different than, each other and all the rest of the body’s receptors, pain and non-pain alike! Lastly, she emphasized how all the receptors in the human body work with each other and the rest of the nervous system, central and other parts thereof! Therapists CAN alleviate patients’ signs and symptoms after dysfunction of the body’s mechanoreceptors; to me, it’s actually one of my favorite benefits of massage therapy!

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