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Table 1 Results for the different thresholds of quantitative sensory testing (QST) before (baseline) and during hypnosis (mean ± SEM)

From: Hypnotic relaxation results in elevated thresholds of sensory detection but not of pain detection

  Baseline Hypnosis sign. (p-value)
Thermal thresholds    
Cold detection threshold CDT (°C from baseline 32°C) -1.57 ± 0.35 -5.09 ± 0.98 0.001*
Warm detection threshold WDT (°C from baseline 32°C) 2.81 ± 0.65 4.15 ± 0.69 0.002*
Thermal sensory limen TSL (°C) 3.63 ± 0.75 7.47 ± 1.01 0.000*
Paradox heat sensation PHS (x/3) 0.0 ± 0.0 0.0 ± 0.0 --
Cold pain threshold CPT (°C) 17.81 ± 1.85 17.98 ± 1.99 0.90
Heat pain threshold HPT (°C) 41.94 ± 0.80 41.30 ± 1.14 0.53
Mechanical thresholds    
Mechanical detection threshold MDT (mN) 2.01 ± 0.38 4.24 ± 0.87 0.000*
Mechanical pain threshold MPT (mN) 34.13 ± 6.99 44.37 ± 7.09 0.04
Mechanical pain sensitivity MPS 3.11 ± 0.82 2.15 ± 0.50 0.01
Dynamic mechanical allodynia DMA 0.05 ± 0.04 0.005 ± 0.00 0.30
Wind-up RatioWUR 2.68 ± 0.47 2.88 ± 0.41 0.27
Vibration detection threshold VDT (x/8) 7.61 ± 0.09 7.63 ± 0.12 0.63
Pressure pain threshold PPT (Pa) 246.27 ± 19.14 245.73 ± 19.91 0.74
  1. *indicates statistical significance. The level of statistical significance (p-values) had to be adjusted for multiple testing because of the number of parameters that were evaluated (Bonferroni-Adjustment: significance level: p-values < 0.0041).