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Desensitization Exercises

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Updated September 18, 2007

After limb amputation, an area of hypersensitivity can develop along the healed surgical incision. This can make wearing a compression bandage painful as well as interfere with prosthetic use. Special desensitization exercises can help decrease this uncomfortable sensation. The technique involves the gradual advancement of texture and pressure application to the hypersensitive area.

To begin, lightly rub a smooth textured material across the hypersensitive site. Once the sensation becomes comfortable, advance the texture as well as the pressure applied.

Desensitization should be performed every two hours for 15 minutes throughout the day.

Texture advancement is as follows:
Silk
Cotton
Velvet
Corduroy
Wool

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