The nociceptive flexion reflex as a tool for exploring pain control systems in headache and other pain syndromes

G. Sandrini, A. Arrigo, G. Bono, G. Nappi

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Abstract

The authors review the neural pathways mediating nociceptive flexion reflexes, the method for analyzing these reflexes in human beings, and available data on their modulation by supraspinal, opioid as well as serotonergic systems. They present results of studies of the biceps femoris flexion reflex (RIII) in pain syndromes and various types of headache. Nociceptive flexor reflexes appear to be interesting for studying the pathophysiology of head pain mechanisms and possibly for evaluating analgesic treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalCephalalgia
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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