Towel Rub Desensitization for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain

Watch a video about how people living with Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome can use rubbing a towel as a desensitization technique.


Towel Rub Desensitization for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain

Towel rubs can be completed at any time of the day. However we want you to try and incorporate this into your daily routine. For example after taking a shower, you will have to obtain a towel or wash that you will use throughout the activity. After you've chosen a towel, identify the specific area on your body with Allodynia. With firm pressure, rub in all directions for three to five minutes. This is the correct way. This the incorrect technique. You can also tell rub your own back making sure to rub in all directions. Preferably, this towel rubbing would be done on your bare skin.

Great job! You've completed one of the four to five recommended desensitization techniques per day. Try another one! Remember, this can take some time to work so don't give up.

Topics Covered: Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS)

Related Centers and Programs: Center for Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome