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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227748/the-correlation-between-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-parameters-and-neuromuscular-properties-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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H Marzbani, Sh Parvin, S Amiri, M Lotfian, M R Kharazi, Sh Azizi, M M Mirbagheri, H Marzbani, Sh Parvin, S Amiri, M Lotfian, M R Kharazi, Sh Azizi, M M Mirbagheri, M R Kharazi, Sh Azizi, M Lotfian, M M Mirbagheri, S Amiri, Sh Parvin, H Marzbani
We studied the correlation between corticospinal signaling and neuromuscular properties in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Corticospinal signaling was evaluated using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Neuromuscular properties were quantified using Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex), sonoelastography, clinical measurements, and isokinetic measures. In particular, we determined the relationship between the TMS parameters of the ankle joint and the neuromuscular features of ankle extensors and flexors as well as popular clinical measures of gait speed, endurance, balance and mobility...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226426/physiological-mechanisms-for-stabilizing-the-limb-when-acting-against-physical-constraints
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P Senot, L Damm, M Tagliabue, J McIntyre, P Senot, L Damm, M Tagliabue, J McIntyre, P Senot, L Damm, M Tagliabue, J McIntyre
Smooth physical interaction with our environment, such as when working with tools, requires adaptability to unpredictable perturbations that can be achieved through impedance control of multi-joint limbs. Modulation of arm stiffness can be achieved either increasing co-contraction of antagonistic muscles or by increasing the gain of spinal reflex loops. According to the "automatic gain scaling" principle, the spinal reflex gain, as measured via the H-reflex, scales with muscle activation. A previous experiment from our labs suggested, however, that reflex gains might instead be scaled to the force exerted by the limb, perhaps as a means to counteract destabilizing external forces...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225813/the-effects-of-cervical-transcutaneous-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-on-motor-pathways-supplying-the-upper-limb-in-humans
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Siobhan C Dongés, Jessica M D'Amico, Jane E Butler, Janet L Taylor
Non-invasive, weak direct current stimulation can induce changes in excitability of underlying neural tissue. Many studies have used transcranial direct current stimulation to induce changes in the brain, however more recently a number of studies have used transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation to induce changes in the spinal cord. This study further characterises the effects following cervical transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation on motor pathways supplying the upper limb. In Study 1, on two separate days, participants (n = 12, 5 F) received 20 minutes of either real or sham direct current stimulation at 3 mA through electrodes placed in an anterior-posterior configuration over the neck (anode anterior)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223941/enhanced-corticospinal-excitability-and-volitional-drive-in-response-to-shortening-and-lengthening-strength-training-and-changes-following-detraining
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Jamie Tallent, Stuart Goodall, Karl C Gibbon, Tibor Hortobágyi, Glyn Howatson
There is a limited understanding of the neurological adaptations responsible for changes in strength following shortening and lengthening resistance training and subsequent detraining. The aim of the study was to investigate differences in corticospinal and spinal responses to resistance training of the tibialis anterior muscle between shortening or lengthening muscle contractions for 4 weeks and after 2 weeks of detraining. Thirty-one untrained individuals were assigned to either shortening or lengthening isokinetic resistance training (4 weeks, 3 days/weeks) or a non-training control group...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222563/afferent-electrical-stimulation-during-cycling-improves-spinal-processing-of-sensorimotor-function-after-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury
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Stefano Piazza, Diego Serrano-Muñoz, Julio Gómez-Soriano, Diego Torricelli, Antonio Segura-Fragosa, José Luis Pons, Julian Taylor
OBJECTIVE: Appropriate afferent feedback delivery during the execution of motor tasks is important for rehabilitation after incomplete spinal cord injury (iSCI). However, during leg-cycling therapy, the plantar afferent feedback is minimal. We hypothesize that the augmentation of sensory input by combining cycling with a locomotor-like stimulation of plantar cutaneous innervations (ES-cycling), might help to restore proper spinal processing of sensorimotor function. METHODS: 13 non-injured subjects and 10 subjects with iSCI performed 10 minutes of cycling and, on another session, of ES-cycling...
February 10, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222554/a-single-group-pretest-posttest-clinical-trial-for-the-effects-of-dry-needling-on-wrist-flexors-spasticity-after-stroke
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Noureddin Nakhostin Ansari
BACKGROUND: Spasticity is a common complication after stroke. Dry needling (DN) is suggested as a novel method for treatment of muscle spasticity. OBJECTIVE: To explore the effects of DN on wrist flexors spasticity poststroke. METHODS: A single group, pretest-posttest clinical trial was used. Twenty nine patients with stroke (16 male; mean age 54.3 years) were tested at baseline (T0), immediately after DN (T1), and one hour after DN (T2). DN was applied for flexor carpi radialis (FCR) and flexor carpi ulnaris on the affected arm for single session, one minute per muscle...
February 8, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222553/dual-afferent-sensory-input-training-for-voluntary-movement-after-stroke-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-study
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Seahyun Bae, Kyung-Yoon Kim
BACKGROUND: Stimulation through afferent sensory input is necessary to improve voluntary functional movement in stroke patients. OBJECTIVES: Dual-afferent sensory input, which combines electromyography-triggered functional electric stimulation (ETFES) and action observation, was investigated to determine its effects on voluntary movements in stroke patients. METHODS: This study was conducted on 18 patients with left hemiplegia diagnosed between 6 and 24 months prior...
February 8, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182676/the-swimming-test-is-effective-for-evaluating-spasticity-after-contusive-spinal-cord-injury
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Youngjae Ryu, Toru Ogata, Motoshi Nagao, Taku Kitamura, Kazuhito Morioka, Yoshinori Ichihara, Toru Doi, Yasuhiro Sawada, Masami Akai, Ryohei Nishimura, Naoki Fujita
Spasticity is a frequent chronic complication in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). However, the severity of spasticity varies in patients with SCI. Therefore, an evaluation method is needed to determine the severity of spasticity. We used a contusive SCI model that is suitable for clinical translation. In this study, we examined the feasibility of the swimming test and an EMG for evaluating spasticity in a contusive SCI rat model. Sprague-Dawley rats received an injury at the 8th thoracic vertebra...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126423/effects-of-kinesio-taping-in-patients-with-quadriceps-inhibition-a-randomized-single-blinded-study
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Kyung-Min Kim, Brandon Davis, Jay Hertel, Joseph Hart
OBJECTIVE: To determine effects of Kinesio taping (KT) on quadriceps activation and maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC) in patients with quadriceps inhibition. DESIGN: Randomized, single-blinded. SETTING: Laboratory. PATIENTS: Sixteen participants (9 males, 7 females) with quadriceps inhibition, as determined by 90% or lower in central activation ratio (CAR), participated. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex) of the vastus medialis and quadriceps CAR and MVIC were measured before taping, and participants were randomly allocated to either KT (KT application with tension) or sham (non-elastic tape application without tension) group...
September 1, 2016: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125929/trans-synaptic-degeneration-of-motoneurons-distal-to-chronic-cervical-spinal-cord-compression-in-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy
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Chaojun Zheng, Yu Zhu, Feizhou Lu, Xiaosheng Ma, Dong Tian, Jianyuan Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of chronic cervical spinal cord compression upon remote motor unit function in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). METHODS: Fifty-three CSM patients and 47 healthy subjects were included. Bilateral motor unit number estimations (MUNEs) were recorded from both abductor digiti minimi and abductor pollicis brevis, and bilateral flexor carpi radialis (FCR) H-reflexes were examined in all subjects along with the nine-hole peg test (NHPT)...
January 26, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093306/establishing-between-session-reliability-of-tms-conditioned-soleus-h-reflexes
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W A Gray, M J Sabatier, T M Kesar, M R Borich
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the primary motor cortex (M1) can be used to evaluate descending corticomotor influences on spinal reflex excitability through modulation of the Hoffman reflex (H-reflex). The purpose of this study was to characterize between-session reliability of cortical, spinal, and cortical-conditioned spinal excitability measures collected from the soleus muscle. Thirteen able-bodied young adult participants were tested over four sessions. Intraclass correlation coefficients were calculated to quantify between-session reliability of active motor threshold (AMT), unconditioned H-reflexes (expressed as a percentage of Mmax), and conditioned H-reflexes using short-latency facilitation (SLF) and long-latency facilitation (LLF)...
February 15, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039767/static-otolithic-drive-alters-presynaptic-inhibition-in-soleus-motor-pool
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Apollonia Fox, David Koceja
The vestibular system has both direct and indirect connections to the soleus motor pool via the vestibulospinal and reticulospinal tracts. The exact nature of how this vestibular information is integrated within the spinal cord is largely unknown. The purpose of this study was to identify whether changes in static otolithic drive altered the amount of presynaptic inhibition in the soleus H-reflex pathway. Changes in static otolithic drive were investigated in sixteen healthy participants using a tilt table...
February 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039540/f-wave-of-single-firing-motor-units-correct-or-misleading-criterion-of-motoneuron-excitability-in-humans
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Lydia P Kudina, Regina E Andreeva
Motoneuron excitability is a critical property for information processing during motor control. F-wave (a motoneuronal recurrent discharge evoked by a motor antidromic volley) is often used as a criterion of motoneuron pool excitability in normal and neuromuscular diseases. However, such using of F-wave calls in question. The present study was designed to explore excitability of single low-threshold motoneurons during their natural firing in healthy humans and to ascertain whether F-wave is a correct measure of motoneuronal excitability...
December 31, 2016: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033657/neuromuscular-responses-of-the-plantar-flexors-to-whole-body-vibration
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B Harwood, J Scherer, R E Brown, K M D Cornett, K A Kenno, J M Jakobi
Enhanced physical performance following whole-body vibration (WBV) has been attributed to increased muscle activity; however, few studies have measured the mechanisms underlying these changes. The objective of this study was to measure the responsiveness of the Ia pathway as well as contractile properties in 16 young adults (24±2 years, eight men, eight women) following repeated bouts of acute WBV (45 Hz, 2 mm). Hoffman reflexes (H-reflex), compound muscle action potentials (M-wave), and twitch contractile properties were measured prior to and immediately following five 1-minute WBV exposures, and at 3, 5, 10, and 20 minute post-WBV...
December 29, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013090/walking-duration-and-slope-steepness-determine-the-effect-of-downslope-walking-on-the-soleus-h-reflex-pathway
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Elizabeth Arnold, Ben Farmer, Melissa Keightley, Dustin Lee, Taylor Rigel, Maruf Hoque, Manning J Sabatier
The purpose of this study was to determine if the effect of downslope walking (DSW) on spinal excitability depends on walking duration and slope steepness, and if findings from the soleus (Sol) generalize to the tibialis anterior (TA). Sol and TA Hmax and Mmax were measured before and after four DSW doses (time/slope, min/%) on separate days (10/-15, 20/-15, 10/-25, 20/-25, n=14), and one 20-min bout of level walking (LW, n=12), always at 2.5 mph. Heart rate (HR) and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) were measured during walking...
February 3, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990123/brief-rewarming-blunts-hypothermia-induced-alterations-in-sensation-motor-drive-and-cognition
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Marius Brazaitis, Henrikas Paulauskas, Albertas Skurvydas, Henning Budde, Laura Daniuseviciute, Nerijus Eimantas
Background: It is well known that cold exposure experienced during occupational or recreational activities may adversely affect motor, cognitive performance, and health. Most research has used prolonged passive external rewarming modalities and focused on the direct effects on the kinetics of physiological and psychological responses in hypothermic subjects. However, the brief whole body rewarming effects on physiological and psychological responses in parallel with functional consequences on cognitive and neurophysiological functions have not been investigated...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973385/acute-corticospinal-and-spinal-modulation-after-whole-body-vibration
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A Krause, A Gollhofer, K Freyler, L Jablonka, R Ritzmann
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to investigate neural effects of acute whole body vibration (WBV) on lower limb muscles regarding corticospinal and spinal excitability. METHODS: In 44 healthy subjects (16 f/ 28 m), motor evoked potentials (MEP) and H-reflexes in m. soleus (SOL) and gastrocnemius medialis (GM) were elicited before (t1), immediately after (t2), 2 (t3), 4 (t4) and 10 min after (t5) WBV. RESULTS: After WBV, MEP amplitudes were significantly increased in SOL (t2+15±30%, t3+22±32%, t4+15±35%, t5+20±30%, P<0...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Musculoskeletal & Neuronal Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965588/unilateral-eccentric-contraction-of-the-plantarflexors-leads-to-bilateral-alterations-in-leg-dexterity
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Akira Nagamori, Francisco J Valero-Cuevas, James M Finley
Eccentric contractions can affect musculotendon mechanical properties and disrupt muscle proprioception, but their behavioral consequences are poorly understood. We tested whether repeated eccentric contractions of plantarflexor muscles of one leg affected the dexterity of either leg. Twenty healthy male subjects (27.3 ± 4.0 yrs) compressed a compliant and slender spring prone to buckling with each isolated leg. The maximal instability they could control (i.e., the maximal average sustained compression force, or lower extremity dexterity force, LEDforce) quantified the dexterity of each leg...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935076/electrophysiologically-identified-piriformis-syndrome-is-successfully-treated-with-incobotulinum-toxin-a-and-physical-therapy
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Loren M Fishman, Allen N Wilkins, Bernard Rosner
INTRODUCTION: Piriformis syndrome is entrapment of the sciatic nerve by the piriformis muscle. METHODS: 56-person randomized, double-blinded, controlled study involving physical therapy and incobotulinum toxin A or placebo. INCLUSION CRITERIA: 3 standard deviation delay of posterior tibial (PT) or fibular FN) H-reflexes in flexion, adduction and internal rotation (FAIR-test), and normal paraspinal EMG. OUTCOME MEASURES: adverse side-effects, visual analogue scale (VAS), H-reflex delay in FAIR-test...
December 9, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931775/rhythmic-wrist-movements-facilitate-the-soleus-h-reflex-and-non-voluntary-air-stepping-in-humans
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Irina A Solopova, Victor A Selionov, Egor O Blinov, Dmitri S Zhvansky, Yury P Ivanenko
Neural coupling between the upper and lower limbs during human walking is supported by modulation of cross-limb reflexes and the presence of rhythmic activity in the proximal arm muscles. Nevertheless, the involvement of distal arm muscles in cyclic movements and sensorimotor neuromodulation is also suggested given their step-synchronized activation in many locomotor-related tasks (e.g., swimming, skiing, climbing, cycling, crawling, etc.). Here we investigated the effect of rhythmic wrist movements, separately and in conjunction with arm swinging, on the characteristics of non-voluntary cyclic leg movements evoked by muscle vibration in a gravity neutral position and on the soleus H-reflex of the stationary legs...
December 5, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
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