Larissa L Meijer, Carla Ruis , Maarten J van der Smagt, Erik J A Scherder, H Chris Dijkerman, ‘Neural basis of affective touch and pain: A novel model suggests possible targets for pain amelioration’, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33979481/, National Library of Medicine (2021 May 12)
Recent research shows that low threshold mechanosensory C-tactile (CT) fibres have a modulatory influence on pain. CT-fibres are activated by slow gentle stroking of the hairy skin, providing a pleasant sensation. Consequently, slow gentle stroking is known as affective touch. Currently, a clear overview of the way affective touch modulates pain, at a neural level, is missing. This review aims to present such an overview.
Meijer LL, Ruis C, van der Smagt MJ, Scherder EJA, Dijkerman HC. Neural basis of affective touch and pain: A novel model suggests possible targets for pain amelioration. J Neuropsychol. 2021 May 12. doi: 10.1111/jnp.12250. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33979481.