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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932008/h-reflex-changes-in-adolescents-with-idiopathic-scoliosis-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Mohamed Salaheldien Mohamed Alayat, Ehab Mohamed Abdel-Kafy, Ashraf Mohamed Abdelaal
[Purpose] To detect H-reflex asymmetry and investigate the effect of direction sensitive exercise therapy protocol among patients with thoracolumbar and/or lumbar scoliosis. [Subjects and Methods] Fifty patients (10-17 years), Cobb's angle 10-20 degrees with thoracolumbar and lumbar scoliosis participated in the study. Soleus H-reflex was tested on both sides during prone lying position and standing position. Patients were randomly assigned into two groups. Group I received direction sensitive exercise therapy while the participants in group II received traditional exercise...
September 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931983/postactivation-depression-of-soleus-h-reflex-increase-with-recovery-of-lower-extremities-motor-functions-in-patients-with-subacute-stroke
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Yu Kawaishi, Naoki Matsumoto, Toshiya Nishiwaki, Tatsuro Hirano
[Purpose] The soleus H-reflex is depressed at stimulation rates greater than 0.1 Hz. This reflex depression is referred to as postactivation depression. Postactivation depression reflects the reduced efficacy of the Ia-motoneurons synapses when they are evaluated after a previous activation. The aim of this study was to determine whether the recovery of motor functions in the lower extremities affects the PAD of the soleus H-reflex in patients with subacute stroke undergoing rehabilitation. [Subjects and Methods] Eight patients with subacute stroke patients were recruited...
September 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922314/temporal-indices-of-ankle-clonus-and-relationship-to-electrophysiologic-and-clinical-measures-in-persons-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Kathleen J Manella, Kathryn E Roach, Edelle C Field-Fote
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Clonus arising from plantar flexor hyperreflexia is a phenomenon that is commonly observed in persons with spastic hypertonia. We assessed the temporal components of a biomechanical measure to quantify ankle clonus, and validated these in persons with spasticity due to spinal cord injury. METHODS: In 40 individuals with chronic (>1 year) spinal cord injury, we elicited ankle clonus using a standardized mechanical perturbation (drop test)...
October 2017: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892581/direct-current-stimulation-modulates-the-excitability-of-the-sensory-and-motor-fibres-in-the-human-posterior-tibial-nerve-with-a-long-lasting-effect-on-the-h-reflex
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Francesco Bolzoni, Roberto Esposti, Carlo Bruttini, Giuseppe Zenoni, Elzbieta Jankowska, Paolo Cavallari
Several studies demonstrated that transcutaneous direct current stimulation (DCS) may modulate CNS excitability. However, much less is known about how DC affects peripheral nerve fibres. We investigated the action of DCS on motor and sensory fibres of the human posterior tibial nerve, with supplementary analysis in acute experiments on rats. In forty human subjects, electric pulses at the popliteal fossa were used to elicit either M-waves or H-reflexes in the Soleus, before (15 min), during (10 min) and after (30 min) DCS...
September 11, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863075/hyperthermia-induced-neural-alterations-impair-proprioception-and-balance
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Khouloud Mtibaa, Athol Thomson, David Nichols, Christophe Hautier, Sébastien Racinais
PURPOSE: Hyperthermia has been shown to affect both central and peripheral nervous systems. However, the consequences of these alterations on the proprioceptive mechanisms underlying human movement control remain unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of passive hyperthermia on various measures of proprioception and balance, two key components of injury prevention and movement efficiency. METHODS: Following a familiarization session, 14 volunteers (8 males, 6 females) completed 2 experimental sessions in temperate (CON, 24°C) and hot (HOT, 44-50°C) conditions, in a counterbalanced order...
August 31, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843638/local-vibration-inhibits-h-reflex-but-does-not-compromise-manual-dexterity-and-does-not-increase-tremor
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Francesco Budini, Luca Laudani, Sergio Bernardini, Andrea Macaluso
The present work aimed at investigating the effects of local vibration on upper limb postural and kinetic tremor, on manual dexterity and on spinal reflex excitability. Previous studies have demonstrated a decrease in spinal reflex excitability and in force fluctuations in the lower limb but an increase in force fluctuation in the upper limbs. As hand steadiness is of vital importance in many daily-based tasks, and local vibration may also be applied in movement disorders, we decided to further explore this phenomenon...
August 24, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841667/the-effects-of-d-aspartic-acid-supplementation-in-resistance-trained-men-over-a-three-month-training-period-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Geoffrey W Melville, Jason C Siegler, Paul W M Marshall
CONTEXT: Research on d-aspartic acid (DAA) has demonstrated increases in total testosterone levels in untrained men, however research in resistance-trained men demonstrated no changes, and reductions in testosterone levels. The long-term consequences of DAA in a resistance trained population are currently unknown. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of DAA to alter basal testosterone levels over 3 months of resistance training in resistance-trained men. DESIGN: Randomised, double-blind, placebo controlled trial in healthy resistance-trained men, aged 18-36, had been performing regular resistance training exercise for at least 3 d...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813867/therapeutic-effects-of-anti-gravity-treadmill-alterg-training-on-reflex-hyper-excitability-corticospinal-tract-activities-and-muscle-stiffness-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Sh Parvin, A Taghiloo, A Irani, M Mehdi Mirbagheri
We aimed to study therapeutic effects of antigravity treadmill (AlterG) training on reflex hyper-excitability, muscle stiffness, and corticospinal tract (CST) function in children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP). Three children received AlterG training 3 days per week for 8 weeks as experimental group. Each session lasted 45 minutes. One child as control group received typical occupational therapy for the same amount of time. We evaluated hyper-excitability of lower limb muscles by H-reflex response...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750960/the-effects-of-opposite-directional-static-contraction-of-the-muscles-of-the-right-upper-extremity-on-the-ipsilateral-right-soleus-h-reflex
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Tomoko Shiratani, Mitsuo Arai, Hironobu Kuruma, Kazue Masumoto
The objective of this study was to explore the neurophysiological remote after-effects of resistive static contraction (SC) of the muscles of the upper extremity, considering the resistant direction on the ipsilateral (right) soleus H-reflex. The participants included 12 normal subjects with a mean (SD) age of 23.8 (2.8) years. The subjects were asked to maintain their upper extremity against the traction force, at a level of resistance that was 50% of the maximal SC strength. A 20-s SC of the muscles of the upper extremity utilizing contraction of the upper extremity muscles using a diagonal flexion (shoulder flexion-adduction-external rotation) or extension (shoulder extension-abduction-internal rotation), a proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) pattern was induced...
July 2017: Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743726/why-new-spinal-cord-plasticity-does-not-disrupt-old-motor-behaviors
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Yi Chen, Lu Chen, Yu Wang, Xiang Yang Chen, Jonathan R Wolpaw
When new motor learning changes the spinal cord, old behaviors are not impaired; their key features are preserved by additional compensatory plasticity. To explore the mechanisms responsible for this compensatory plasticity, we transected the spinal dorsal ascending tract before or after female rats acquired a new behavior-operantly conditioned increase or decrease in the right soleus H-reflex-and examined an old behavior-locomotion. Neither spinal dorsal ascending tract transection nor H-reflex conditioning alone impaired locomotion...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725191/bilateral-reflex-fluctuations-during-rhythmic-movement-of-remote-limb-pairs
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Rinaldo A Mezzarane, Tsuyoshi Nakajima, E Paul Zehr
The modulation of spinal cord excitability during rhythmic limb movement reflects the neuronal coordination underlying actions of the arms and legs. Integration of network activity in the spinal cord can be assessed by reflex variability between the limbs, an approach so far very little studied. The present work addresses this question by eliciting Hoffmann (H-) reflexes in both limbs to assess if common drive onto bilateral pools of motoneurons influence spinal cord excitability simultaneously or with a delay between sides...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716692/the-fatigue-of-a-full-body-resistance-exercise-session-in-trained-men
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Paul W M Marshall, Rebecca Cross, Michael Haynes
OBJECTIVES: We examined the fatigue and recovery for 48h following a full-body resistance exercise session in trained men. DESIGN: Experimental cross-sectional study. METHODS: Eight resistance trained men volunteered to participate (mean±SD; age 27.0±6.0 years, height 1.79±0.05m, weight 81.8±6.8kg, training experience 7.8±5.0 years). Fatigue and pain was measured before, after, 1h post, 24h and 48h post the full-body resistance exercise session, which was based on in-season models used in contact team sports (e...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716590/lumbar-muscle-inflammation-alters-spinally-mediated-locomotor-recovery-induced-by-training-in-a-mouse-model-of-complete-spinal-cord-injury
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Renaud Jeffrey-Gauthier, Mathieu Piché, Hugues Leblond
Locomotor networks after spinal cord injury (SCI) are shaped by training-activated proprioceptive and cutaneous inputs. Nociception from injured tissues may alter these changes but has largely been overlooked. The objective of the present study was to ascertain whether lumbar muscle inflammation hinders locomotion recovery in a mouse model of complete SCI. Lower limb kinematics during treadmill training was assessed before and after complete SCI at T8 (2, 7, 14, 21 and 28days post-injury). Locomotor recovery was compared in 4 groups of CD1 mice: control spinal mice; spinal mice with daily locomotor training; spinal mice with lumbar muscle inflammation (Complete Freund's Adjuvant (CFA) injection); and spinal mice with locomotor training and CFA...
July 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684590/heat-acclimation-has-a-protective-effect-on-the-central-but-not-peripheral-nervous-system
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Sebastien Racinais, Mathew G Wilson, Nadia Gaoua, Julien D Périard
This study aimed to clarify the pathway mediating hyperthermia-induced alterations in neural drive transmission, and determine if heat acclimation protects voluntary muscle activation and cognitive function in hyperthermic humans. Electrically evoked potentials (H-reflex and M-wave), executive function (special planning and working memory) and maximal voluntary isometric contractions (120 s) were assessed in fourteen participants in control condition (CON, 24ºC, 40% RH) and hyperthermic states (HYP, 44-50ºC, 50% RH), on consecutive days in a counterbalanced order...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610582/behavioral-and-neural-adaptations-in-response-to-five-weeks-of-balance-training-in-older-adults-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jan Ruffieux, Audrey Mouthon, Martin Keller, Michael Wälchli, Wolfgang Taube
BACKGROUND: While the positive effect of balance training on age-related impairments in postural stability is well-documented, the neural correlates of such training adaptations in older adults remain poorly understood. This study therefore aimed to shed more light on neural adaptations in response to balance training in older adults. METHODS: Postural stability as well as spinal reflex and cortical excitability was measured in older adults (65-80 years) before and after 5 weeks of balance training (n = 15) or habitual activity (n = 13)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598858/effects-of-intermittent-theta-burst-stimulation-on-spasticity-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Raffaele Nardone, Patrick B Langthaler, Andrea Orioli, Peter Höller, Yvonne Höller, Vanessa N Frey, Francesco Brigo, Eugen Trinka
PURPOSE: Spasticity is a common disorder in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). The aim of this study was to investigate whether intermittent theta burst stimulation (iTBS), a safe, non-invasive and well-tolerated protocol of excitatory repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), is effective in modulating spasticity in SCI patients. METHODS: In this randomized, double-blind, crossover, sham-controlled study, ten subjects with incomplete cervical or thoracic SCI received 10 days of daily sessions of real or sham iTBS...
2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589244/does-spinal-excitability-scale-to-the-difficulty-of-the-dual-task
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Devon M Day, Mario T Boivin, Allan L Adkin, Craig D Tokuno
PURPOSE: This study examined whether spinal excitability, as measured by the soleus Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex), is scaled to the difficulty level of the dual-task being performed. METHODS: Twenty-two participants completed a combination of three balance task and three secondary cognitive (visuo-motor) task difficulty levels for a total of nine dual-task conditions. An additional eight participants were tested while performing the same three balance task difficulty levels on its own (i...
August 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585766/one-minute-static-stretch-of-plantar-flexors-transiently-increases-h%C3%A2-reflex-excitability-and-exerts-no-effect-on-corticospinal-pathways
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Francesco Budini, Eugen Gallasch, Monica Christova, Dietmar Rafolt, Andreas Benedikt Rauscher, Markus Tilp
What is the central question of this study? What mediates neural responses following static stretching, and how long do these influences last? What is the main finding and its importance? This study shows that 1 min of static stretching inhibits the tendon tap reflex and facilitates the H reflex without influencing motor-evoked potentials. The results indicate that at least two different mechanisms mediate neural responses after static stretching. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the neural responses observed after static stretching are mediated by sensitivity of muscle spindles, spinal excitability or cortical excitability and how long these influences last...
June 6, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570549/non-invasive-assessment-of-changes-in-corticomotoneuronal-transmission-in-humans
#19
Wolfgang Taube, Christian Leukel, Jens Bo Nielsen, Jesper Lundbye-Jensen
The corticospinal pathway is the major pathway connecting the brain with the muscles and is therefore highly relevant for movement control and motor learning. There exists a number of noninvasive electrophysiological methods investigating the excitability and plasticity of this pathway. However, most methods are based on quantification of compound potentials and neglect that the corticospinal pathway consists of many different connections that are more or less direct. Here, we present a method that allows testing excitability of different fractions of the corticospinal transmission...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528818/patellar-tendon-vibration-reduces-the-increased-facilitation-from-quadriceps-to-soleus-in-post-stroke-hemiparetic-individuals
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Eric Maupas, Joseph-Omer Dyer, Sibele de Andrade Melo, Robert Forget
BACKGROUND: Stimulation of the femoral nerve in healthy people can facilitate soleus H-reflex and electromyography (EMG) activity. In stroke patients, such facilitation of transmission in spinal pathways linking the quadriceps and soleus muscles is enhanced and related to co-activation of knee and ankle extensors while sitting and walking. Soleus H-reflex facilitation can be depressed by vibration of the quadriceps in healthy people, but the effects of such vibration have never been studied on the abnormal soleus facilitation observed in people after stroke...
May 18, 2017: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
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