Polymodality - Pressure Modality - Somatosensory Information - Mechanoreceptors

Mechanoreceptors

There are four types of mechanoreceptors: Meissner corpuscles and merkel cell neurite complexes, located between the epidermis and dermis, and Pacinian corpuscles and Ruffini endings, located deep within the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. Mechanoreceptors are classified in terms of their adaptation rate and the size of their receptive field. Specific mechanoreceptors and their functions include:

  • Thermoreceptors that detect changes in skin temperature.
  • Kinesthetic receptors detect our movements and the position of our limbs.
  • Nociceptors that have bare nerve endings that detect tissue damage and give the sensation of pain.

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