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I believe the procedure described is called either muscle energy technique (MET) or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNT). More details are on Advantageceus.com (p. 229). Skin stimuli, like scratching or flicking, may be part of the mentioned techniques. This article on International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine says that "MET application may ...


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Your question focuses on the location of the receptors (the part of the nociceptors that is reacting to mechanical, thermal, or chemical stimuli). An equally important part of a nociceptor is the axon, or nerve fibre, that conducts the action potential from the muscle or tendon (to go with your example) all the way to the spinal cord from where it makes ...


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