With the above mentioned receptor types the skin can sense the modalities touch, pressure, vibration, temperature and pain. The modalities and their receptors are partly overlapping, and are innervated by different kinds of fiber types.
|Touch||Rapidly adapting cutaneous mechanoreceptors (Meissner corpuscle end-organs
Pacinian corpuscle end-organs
hair follicle receptors
some free nerve endings)
|Touch & pressure||Slowly adapting cutaneous mechanoreceptors (Merkel and Ruffini corpuscle end-organs
some free nerve endings)
|Aβ fibers (Merkel and Ruffini's), Aδ fibers (free nerve endings)|
|Vibration||Meissners and Pacinian corpuscle end-organs||Aβ fibers|
|Temperature||Thermoreceptors||Aδ fibers (cold receptors)
C fibers (warmth receptors)
|Pain||Free nerve ending nociceptors||Aδ fibers (Nociceptors of neospinothalamic tract)
C fibers (Nociceptors of paleospinothalamic tract)
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