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Martin Keller, Wolfgang Taube, Benedikt Lauber
BACKGROUND: Motor imagery and actual movements share overlapping activation of brain areas but little is known about task-specific activation of distinct motor pathways during mental simulation of movements. For real contractions, it was demonstrated that the slow(er) motor pathways are activated differently in ballistic compared to tonic contractions but it is unknown if this also holds true for imagined contractions. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to assess the activity of fast and slow(er) motor pathways during mentally simulated movements of ballistic and tonic contractions...
February 22, 2018: Brain Stimulation
F Sammali, L Xu, C Rabotti, M Cardinale, Y Xu, J P van Dijk, M J Zwarts, Z Del Prete, M Mischi
Vibration exercise (VE) has been suggested as an effective training for improving muscle strength and coordination. However, the underlying physiological adaptation processes are not yet fully understood, limiting the development of safe and effective exercise protocols. To better understand the neuromuscular responses elicited by VE, we aimed at investigating the acute effects of superimposed vibration on the Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex), measured after fatiguing exercise. Twenty-five volunteers performed four isometric contractions of the right Flexor Carpi Radialis (FCR) with baseline load at 80% of their maximal voluntary contraction (MVC), both with no vibration and with superimposed vibration at 15, 30, and 45 Hz...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Kathia Cordero, Gemma G Coronel, Miguel Serrano-Illán, Jennifer Cruz-Bracero, Johnny D Figueroa, Marino De León
Traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI) results in debilitating autonomic dysfunctions, paralysis and significant sensorimotor impairments. A key component of SCI is the generation of free radicals that contributes to the high levels of oxidative stress observed. This study investigates whether dietary supplementation with the antioxidant vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) improves functional recovery after SCI. Female adult Sprague-Dawley rats were fed either with a normal diet or a dietary regiment supplemented with vitamin E (51 IU/g) for eight weeks...
February 26, 2018: Brain Sciences
Yun Wang, Lan-Fang Yu, Meng-Ya Wang
To observe the plasticity changes of trigeminal motor nucleus (Mo5) and masseter H-reflex in unilateral mastication model rats and explore the possible mechanism of functional plasticity in motor center involved in unilateral mastication, 54 adult male Wistar rats were randomly divided into 1-month (n = 10), 3-month (n = 10), and 16-month (n = 7) model groups and their corresponding control groups, respectively. Unilateral mastication model rats were prepared by intermittent removal of clinical crowns of left teeth (model side)...
February 25, 2018: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
Suchitra Sachin Palve, Sachin Bhaskar Palve
Background: Nerve conduction studies are performed to diagnose the disorders of the peripheral nervous system. The reference values for nerve conduction velocity (NCV) and late responses for different nerves considerably vary in different group and type of population. Physiological factors such as age, temperature, height, and gender affect the NCV. However, there are very few studies which show the age group at which these changes become significant. Aim and Objectives: The aim of the study was to establish the electrophysiological data of the specific age group at which changes in NCV as well as late responses of median common peroneal nerve and also see the late response in the form of F-waves and H-reflex...
January 2018: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Samuel Jimenez, Laura Mordillo-Mateos, Michele Dileone, Michela Campolo, Carmen Carrasco-Lopez, Fabricia Moitinho-Ferreira, Tomas Gallego-Izquierdo, Hartwig R Siebner, Josep Valls-Solé, Juan Aguilar, Antonio Oliviero
Spinal plasticity is thought to contribute to sensorimotor recovery of limb function in several neurological disorders and can be experimentally induced in animals and humans using different stimulation protocols. In healthy individuals, electrical continuous Theta Burst Stimulation (TBS) of the median nerve has been shown to change spinal motoneuron excitability in the cervical spinal cord as indexed by a change in mean H-reflex amplitude in the flexor carpi radialis muscle. It is unknown whether continuous TBS of a peripheral nerve can also shift motoneuron excitability in the lower limb...
2018: PloS One
Andrea Manca, Tibor Hortobagyi, John C Rothwell, Franca Deriu
We reviewed the evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) focusing on the neurophysiological adaptations in the untrained side associated with cross-education of strength (CE) and pooled data into definite effect estimates for neurophysiological variables assessed in chronic CE studies. Furthermore, scoping directions for future research were provided to enhance the homogeneity and comparability of studies investigating the neural responses to CE. The magnitude of CE was 21.1{plus minus}18.2% (p<0...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
Dimitrios A Patikas, Craig A Williams, Sébastien Ratel
PURPOSE: In recent decades, the interest for exercise-induced fatigue in youth has substantially increased, and the effects of growth on the peripheral (muscular) and central (neural) mechanisms underpinning differences in neuromuscular fatigue between healthy children and adults have been described more extensively. The purpose of this review is to retrieve, report, and analyse the findings of studies comparing neuromuscular fatigue between children and adults. Objective measures of the evaluation of the physiological mechanisms are discussed...
February 13, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Vedran Deletis, Kathleen Seidel, Francesco Sala, Andreas Raabe, Darko Chudy, Juergen Beck, Karl F Kothbauer
OBJECTIVES: Anatomical identification of the corticospinal tract (CT) and the dorsal column (DC) of the exposed spinal cord is difficult when anatomical landmarks are distorted by tumour growth. Neurophysiological identification is complicated by the fact that direct stimulation of the DC may result in muscle motor responses due to the centrally activated H-reflex. This study aims to provide a technique for intraoperative neurophysiological differentiation between CT and DC in the exposed spinal cord...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Corinne Lee-Kubli, Andrew G Marshall, Rayaz A Malik, Nigel A Calcutt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neuropathic pain may arise from multiple mechanisms and locations. Efficacy of current treatments for painful diabetic neuropathy is limited to an unpredictable subset of patients, possibly reflecting diversity of pain generator mechanisms, and there is a lack of targeted treatments for individual patients. This review summarizes preclinical evidence supporting a role for spinal disinhibition in painful diabetic neuropathy, the physiology and pharmacology of rate-dependent depression (RDD) of the spinal H-reflex and the translational potential of using RDD as a biomarker of spinally mediated pain...
January 23, 2018: Current Diabetes Reports
James Douglas Young, Alyssa-Joy Spence, David G Behm
Roller massage (RM) interventions have shown acute increases in range of motion (ROM) and pain pressure threshold (PPT). It is unclear whether the RM-induced increases can be attributed to changes in neural or muscle responses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of altered afferent input via application of RM on spinal excitability, as measured with the Hoffmann (H-) reflex. A randomized within-subjects design was used. Three 30-second bouts of RM were implemented on a rested, non-exercised, injury-free muscle with 30-seconds of rest between bouts...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
Serpil Cecen, Imran Khan Niazi, Rasmus Wiberg Nedergaard, Alice Cade, Kathryn Allen, Kelly Holt, Heidi Haavik, Kemal S Türker
The effect of body posture on the human soleus H-reflex via electrical stimulation of the tibial nerve at the popliteal fossa was studied. All parameters that may influence the reflex were controlled stringently. H-reflexes were elicited in three different body postures while keeping the level of background muscle activation to a minimum. The H-reflex curve relative to the M-wave curve did not change significantly in any of the body postures. However, the maximal H-reflex amplitude significantly increased in the prone position compared with the sitting (p = 0...
March 2018: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Stefano Piazza, Diego Torricelli, Julio Gómez-Soriano, Diego Serrano-Muñoz, Gerardo Ávila-Martín, Iriana Galán-Arriero, José Luis Pons, Julian Taylor
Several studies have examined spinal reflex modulation during leg cycling in healthy and spinal cord injury (SCI) subjects. However, the effect of cutaneous plantar afferent input on spinal excitability during leg cycling after SCI has not been characterised. The aim of the study was to test the feasibility of using controlled leg cycling in combination with plantar cutaneous electrical stimulation (ES) cycling to assess lower limb spinal sensorimotor excitability in subjects with motor complete or incomplete SCI...
January 17, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Kento Nakagawa, Yohei Masugi, Akira Saito, Hiroki Obata, Kimitaka Nakazawa
The effects of motor imagery on spinal reflexes such as the H-reflex are unclear. One reason for this is that the muscles that can be used to record spinal reflexes are limited to traditional evoking methods Recently, transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation has been used for inducing spinal reflexes from multiple muscles and we aimed to examine the effect of motor imagery on spinal reflexes from multiple muscles. Spinal reflexes evoked by transcutaneous spinal cord stimulation were recorded from six muscles from lower limbs during motor imagery of right wrist extension and ankle plantarflexion with maximum isometric contraction...
March 6, 2018: Neuroscience Letters
Thomas Lykke Christiansen, Imran Khan Niazi, Kelly Holt, Rasmus Wiberg Nedergaard, Jens Duehr, Kathryn Allen, Paul Marshall, Kemal S Türker, Jan Hartvigsen, Heidi Haavik
PURPOSE: The primary purpose of this study was to investigate whether a single session of spinal manipulation (SM) increases strength and cortical drive in the lower limb (soleus muscle) of elite Taekwondo athletes. METHODS: Soleus-evoked V-waves, H-reflex and maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) of the plantar flexors were recorded from 11 elite Taekwondo athletes using a randomized controlled crossover design. Interventions were either SM or passive movement control...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Hiroki Obata, Tetsuya Ogawa, Matija Milosevic, Noritaka Kawashima, Kimitaka Nakazawa
A combination of electrical nerve stimulation (ENS) and passive or active cyclic movements (i.e., pedaling and stepping) has been suggested to induce stronger short-term effects in spinal circuits as compared to either intervention alone. The purpose of the present study is to determine whether the effects of ENS during passive stepping are dependent on the timing of the stimulation during the stepping cycle. A total of 10 able-bodied participants were recruited for the study. Two interventions were assessed during passive ground stepping: (1) ENS of the common peroneal nerve (CPN) during the swing phase (ENSswing) and (2) stance phase (ENSstance)...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
Sidney Grosprêtre, Thomas Jacquet, Florent Lebon, Charalambos Papaxanthis, Alain Martin
The neural mechanisms explaining strength increase following mental training by motor imagery (MI) are not clearly understood. While gains are mostly attributed to cortical reorganization, the sub-cortical adaptations have never been investigated. The present study investigated the effects of MI training on muscle force capacity and the related spinal and supraspinal mechanisms. Eighteen young healthy participants (mean age: 22.5 ± 2.6) took part in the experiment. They were distributed into two groups: a control group (n = 9) and an MI training group (n = 9)...
December 17, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
Diego Serrano-Muñoz, Julio Gómez-Soriano, Elisabeth Bravo-Esteban, María Vázquez-Fariñas, Julian Taylor, Juan Avendaño-Coy
The intensity used during transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) in both, clinical practice and research studies, is often based on subjective commands such as "strong but comfortable sensation". There is no consensus regarding the effectiveness dose of TENS. The objective was to determine the difference in the effect of spinal TENS on soleus H-reflex modulation when applied by two therapists instructed to apply the stimulation at a "strong but comfortable" intensity. Twenty healthy volunteers divided into two groups: Therapist 1 (n = 10) and Therapist 2 (n = 10)...
2017: PloS One
Preeti D Oza, Shauna Dudley-Javoroski, Richard K Shields
Depression of the Hoffman reflex (H-reflex) is used to examine spinal control mechanisms during exercise, fatigue, and vibration and in response to training. H-reflex depression protocols frequently use trains of stimuli; this is time-consuming and prevents instantaneous assessment of motor neuronal excitability. The purpose of this study was to determine if paired-pulse H-reflex depression is reproducible and whether paired-pulse stimulation adequately estimates the depression induced by the more traditional ten-pulse train...
2017: Rehabilitation Research and Practice
A Vera-Ibañez, D Colomer-Poveda, S Romero-Arenas, M Viñuela-García, G Márquez
OBJECTIVES: This study examined the neural adaptations associated with a low-volume Wingate-based High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). METHODS: Fourteen recreationally trained males were divided into an experimental (HIIT) and a control group to determine whether a short-term (4 weeks) Wingate-based HIIT program could alter the Hoffmann (H-) reflex, volitional (V-) wave and maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) of the plantar-flexor muscles, and the peak power achieved during a Wingate test...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Musculoskeletal & Neuronal Interactions
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