Desensitization is a gradual process of sensory stimulation to address allodynia (painful response to nonpainful stimulus) and hyperalgesia (increased response to painful stimulus beyond what is expected). To effectively improve symptoms, consistent performance of the following exercises is important.
Perform each activity twice daily for 2-3 minutes:
- Start with rubbing along the sensitive area with a soft object such as silk, cotton fabric, flannel, loofa, or terry cloth that causes discomfort but is tolerable to you. Progress the texture once it becomes comfortable.
- Tap along the sensitive area and slowly increase pressure with your finger to provide a massage to the sensitive area.
- Use a massager, shaver, or electric toothbrush to provide vibrations along the sensitive area.
- Place the affected area into a container filled with any of the following items: rolled oats, rice, sand, or dry beans.