As we saw 6 blogs on the subject of the skin, we must remember that the senses of touch, pressure, heat, cold and pain are called cutaneous senses, from cutis, the Latin word for “skin”.  The tongue has a high density of these receptors and a high degree of sensitivity.  The center of the back is more sparsely endowed with receptors, and shows a corresponding lower response.

A blind person reads Braille with the fingertips, not the knuckles or the pisiform bone of the hand.  Same with a chiropractor using her fingertips to “read” muscle tone of the spine.  There are some 640,000 cutaneous senses receptors distributed over the body’s surface.

Amazing isn’t it?


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