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Also, some consider that application of an ice cube on the site before giving an injection can be considered as a cutaneous stimulation technique for non-pharmacological pain relief (Wong and Hockenberry 2003).
As the fascinating first-hand accounts of congenitally blind people clearly show, after prolonged exposure to such cutaneous stimulation the individual will eventually refer to his or her perceptual experience as "seeing," forgetting more and more that what is actually provided is a complex array of mere tactile stimuli.
Cutaneous stimulation through modalities such as massage, heat and cold application, and transcutaneous nerve stimulator has demonstrated variable effects.