Patent Number: 6,168,573

Title: Human applications of controlled stress

Abstract: An effect analogous to a tail-pinch effect is evoked in humans by apparatus for applying variable localized pressure to the spine. Control of the pressure can be accomplished manually, by remote control and/or automatically. By selectively applying pressure a number of changes can be evoked in the human including, for example, causing an increase in appetite, a change in sexual behavior, increased blood flow to brain, and/or an increase of neurotransmitters, including dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. The effect is useful in treating Parkinson's disease, depressive disorders, stroke and other conditions.

Inventors: Fielding; Stuart (Morris Plain, NJ), Stein; John W (Hackettstown, NJ)

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International Classification: A61H 7/00 (20060101); A61B 005/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018