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Neuromuscular stimulation

Michael R Deschenes, Shuhan Li, Matthew A Adan, Jane J Oh, Hailey C Ramsey
BACKGROUND: This project aimed to determine the adaptability of the neuromuscular system to the stimuli of exercise training, and aging. METHODS: Young adult, and aged male rats were randomly assigned to either exercise training, or sedentary control groups. Exercise training featured an 8 week program of treadmill running. At the end of the intervention period, neuromuscular function was quantified with ex vivo stimulation procedures on isolated soleus muscles...
March 14, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
Kamilla A Mukhutdinova, Marat R Kasimov, Arthur R Giniatullin, Guzel F Zakyrjanova, Alexey M Petrov
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the initial denervation of skeletal muscle and subsequent death of motor neurons. A dying-back pattern of ALS suggests a crucial role for neuromuscular junction dysfunction. In the present study, microelectrode recording of postsynaptic currents and optical detection of synaptic vesicle traffic (FM1-43 dye) and intracellular NO levels (DAF-FM DA) were used to examine the effect of the major brain-derived cholesterol metabolite 24S-hydroxycholesterol (24S-HC, 0...
March 14, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Navaneetha Santhanam, Lee Kumanchik, Xiufang Guo, Frank Sommerhage, Yunqing Cai, Max Jackson, Candace Martin, George Saad, Christopher W McAleer, Ying Wang, Andrea Lavado, Christopher J Long, James J Hickman
There are currently no functional neuromuscular junction (hNMJ) systems composed of human cells that could be used for drug evaluations or toxicity testing in vitro. These systems are needed to evaluate NMJs for diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy or other neurodegenerative diseases or injury states. There are certainly no model systems, animal or human, that allows for isolated treatment of motoneurons or muscle capable of generating dose response curves to evaluate pharmacological activity of these highly specialized functional units...
February 27, 2018: Biomaterials
Joery P Molenaar, Nicol C Voermans, Lysanne A de Jong, Dick F Stegeman, Jonne Doorduin, Baziel G van Engelen
Impaired muscle relaxation is a feature of many neuromuscular disorders. However, there are few tests available to quantify muscle relaxation. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the motor cortex can induce muscle relaxation by abruptly inhibiting corticospinal drive. The aim of our study is to investigate if repeatability and reliability of TMS-induced relaxation is greater than voluntary relaxation. Furthermore, effects of sex, cooling and fatigue on muscle relaxation properties were studied. Muscle relaxation of deep finger flexors was assessed in twenty-five healthy subjects (14 M and 11 F, aged 39...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
Marco A Minetto, Alberto Botter, Giulia Gamerro, Ilaria Varvello, Giuseppe Massazza, Rosa G Bellomo, Nicola A Maffiuletti, Raoul Saggini
BACKGROUND: The "contralateral effect" phenomenon refers to the strength gain in the opposite, untrained homonymous muscle following unilateral training. Previous studies showed that neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) of the right quadriceps facilitated maximal voluntary strength and efferent neural drive of the left knee extensors, while no previous study investigated the contralateral effect elicited by focal muscle vibration. AIM: To investigate whether quadriceps NMES and focal vibration, when applied unilaterally, have the same potential to enhance the contralateral muscle strength and the associated neural drive...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Chen Yue, Xue Zhang, Yingjie Zhu, Yudong Jia, Huichao Wang, Youwen Liu
BACKGROUND: The comparative effectiveness of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and electroacupuncture (EA) for improving patient rehabilitation following total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is controversial. Therefore we conducted this systematic review to assess the available evidence. METHODS: The PubMed, OVID, and ScienceDirect databases were comprehensively searched and studies were selected and analyzed according to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) recommendations...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Jociane Schardong, Verônica Bidinotto Brito, Thiago Dipp, Fabrício Edler Macagnan, Jenifer Saffi, Rodrigo Dm Plentz
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney failure (CKF) patients on renal replacement therapies exhibit elevated levels of DNA lesions and this is directly related to high mortality. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on genomic damage in CKF patients on conventional hemodialysis (HD). METHODS: Twenty-one patients with CKF on HD were randomized into control (CG = 10) or neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMESG = 11) groups...
March 12, 2018: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
Takeaki Shinjo, Hironobu Hayashi, Tsunenori Takatani, Eishu Boku, Hiroyuki Nakase, Masahiko Kawaguchi
Bulbocavernosus reflex (BCR) monitoring is used to assess the integrity of urinary and bowel function. In this study, we evaluated the feasibility of BCR monitoring during untethering surgery in infants and children to predict postoperative urinary and bowel dysfunction. The records of 22 patients ranging from 4 days to 10 years old (mean 2.7 ± 3.3 years) were reviewed. Anesthesia was maintained by propofol or sevoflurane/opioid without neuromuscular blockade. BCR waveforms induced by electrical stimulation (20-40 mA, train-of-four pulses with 500 Hz) to the penis or clitoris were recorded from bilateral external anal sphincters...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
I J Jun, J Jun, E M Kim, K Y Lee, N Kim, M H Chung, Y R Choi, E M Choi
BACKGROUND: This study set out to compare the onset and duration of rocuronium-induced neuromuscular blockade in second trimester pregnant women and non-pregnant women receiving general anesthesia. METHODS: Forty-seven pregnant (Group P) and forty-seven non-pregnant (Group C) women were enrolled. Anesthesia was induced with propofol 2.0 mg/kg and rocuronium 0.6 mg/kg, and neuromuscular blockade was assessed with an accelerometric sensor using train-of-four stimulation (TOF-Watch® SX)...
March 5, 2018: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Dan Sun, Wei Xu, Na Chen, Shi-Min Li, Tian Fu
OBJECTIVE: To observe the clinical efficacy of intradermal needle-embedding therapy in the treatment of dysphagia in stroke patients. METHODS: A total of 80 stroke patients with dysphagia were randomly divided into treatment group and control group ( n = 40 in each). The control group was treated with conventional medicines, neuromuscular electrical stimulation of the bilateral midlines of the neck and swallowing function training, and the treatment group treated by intradermal needle-embedding at Lianquan (CV 23), Jialianquan-point, Yifeng (TE 17), Ashi-point, etc...
February 25, 2018: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Heikki Peltonen, Simon Walker, Anthony C Hackney, Janne Avela, Keijo Häkkinen
Maximum strength training induces various improvements in the rate of force development (RFD) on a group level, but no study has investigated inter-individual adaptations in RFD. Fourteen men (28 ± 6 years old) performed the same 10-week maximum strength and then a 10-week power training program. Maximal force and RFD were recorded during maximal isometric leg extension voluntary contractions repeatedly before every 7th training session (2 sessions/week). After the intervention, subjects were retrospectively divided into three groups based on their RFD improvements: (1) improved only during the maximum strength period (MS-responders, + 100 ± 35%), (2) improved only during the power period (P-responders, + 53 ± 27%) or (3) no improvement at all (non-responders, + 3 ± 9%)...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
Çağdaş Topçu, Hilmi Uysal, Ömer Özkan, Özlenen Özkan, Övünç Polat, Merve Bedeloğlu, Arzu Akgül, Ela Naz Döğer, Refik Sever, Ömer Halil Çolak
BACKGROUND: We assessed the recovery of 2 face transplantation patients with measures of complexity during neuromuscular rehabilitation. Cognitive rehabilitation methods and functional electrical stimulation were used to improve facial emotional expressions of full-face transplantation patients for 5 months. Rehabilitation and analyses were conducted at approximately 3 years after full facial transplantation in the patient group. We report complexity analysis of surface electromyography signals of these two patients in comparison to the results of 10 healthy individuals...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
Amanda Hempel Zinglersen, Malte Bjørn Halsteen, Michael Kjær, Anders Karlsen
BACKGROUND: Hospitalization of older medical patients may lead to functional decline. This study investigated whether simultaneously applied neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) can enhance the effects of a functional training program in hospitalized geriatric patients. METHOD: This was a quasi-randomized controlled trial in geriatric hospitalized patients (N = 16, age = 83.1 ± 8.1 years, mean ± SD). The patients performed a simple and time efficient chair-stand based functional exercise program daily, either with (FT + NMES, N = 8) or without (FT, N = 8) simultaneous NMES to the knee extensor muscles...
February 26, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
Ceren Yarar-Fisher, Keith Fl Polston, Mualla Eraslan, Kathryn Y Henley, Gizem I Kinikli, C Scott Bickel, Samuel T Windham, Amie B McLain, Robert A Oster, Marcas M Bamman
This study compares the effects of an 8-week iso-caloric high protein (HP) diet versus a combination exercise (Comb-Ex) regimen on paralytic vastus lateralis (VL) and non-paralytic deltoid muscle in individuals with long-standing spinal cord injury (SCI). Fiber type distribution, cross-sectional area (CSA), levels of translation initiation signaling proteins (Erk-1/2, Akt, p70S6K1, 4EBP1, RPS6, and FAK), and lean thigh mass were analyzed at baseline and after the 8-week interventions. A total of 11 participants (C5-T12 levels, 21...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
Vikki Wylde, Jane Dennis, Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Andrew David Beswick
OBJECTIVE: Approximately 20% of patients experience chronic pain after total knee replacement (TKR). The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effectiveness of postdischarge interventions commenced in the first 3 months after surgery in reducing the severity of chronic pain after TKR. DESIGN: The protocol for this systematic review was registered on PROSPERO (registration number: CRD42017041382). MEDLINE, Embase, CINAHL, PsycINFO and The Cochrane Library were searched from inception to November 2016...
February 28, 2018: BMJ Open
D M Sakai, M Romano, C T Tseng, A Flanders, M Martin-Flores
This study compared measurements of neuromuscular function with mechanomyography (MMG) and acceleromyography (AMG) in nine anesthetized dogs receiving 0.1mg/kg vecuronium intravenously. Train-of-four (TOF) stimulation was applied to each ulnar nerve every 15s. The resulting amplitude of the first twitch (T1) and the TOF ratio were measured with both monitors. The baseline TOF ratio (prior to vecuronium), onset time (time of injection to T1<5%), recovery index (time between T1 values of 25% and 75%) and duration of neuromuscular block (injection to TOF 0...
March 2018: Veterinary Journal
Matthew Pitt
The function of the neuromuscular junction in children is amenable to electrophysiological testing. Of the two tests available, repetitive nerve stimulation is uncomfortable and has a reduced sensitivity compared with single-fibre methodology. The latter is the method of choice, recording the variability in neuromuscular transmission as a value called jitter. It can be performed by voluntary activation of the muscle being examined, which is not suitable in children, or by stimulation techniques. A modification of these techniques, called Stimulated Potential Analysis with Concentric needle Electrodes (SPACE), is well tolerated and can be performed while the child is awake...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Mellissa Harden, Alex Wolf, Mark Russell, Kirsty M Hicks, Duncan French, Glyn Howatson
High intensity eccentric exercise is a potent stimulus for neuromuscular adaptation. A greater understanding of the mechanical stimuli afforded by this exercise will aid the prescription of future eccentric training regimes. This study sought to investigate the mechanical characteristics of supramaximally loaded eccentric exercise when using a custom-built leg press machine. Using a within subject, repeated measures design, 15 strength trained subjects (age 31 ± 7 years; height 180.0 ± 6.8 cm; body mass 81...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Christopher M Wilson, Christina L Mitchell, Katherine M Hebert
Cerebellar stroke increases the risk of extensive physical disability and long-term institutionalization. The purpose of this case report is to describe the 14-month longitudinal rehabilitation management and outcomes from the intensive care unit, inpatient rehabilitation unit and outpatient care of a patient after cerebellar stroke. A goal of this case report is to provide rehabilitation clinicians with a long-term perspective and understanding of the course of recovery for a patient after cerebellar cerebrovascular accident or related injury...
December 14, 2017: Curēus
Michael J Gardner, Thomas A Higgins, William H Harvin, James P Stannard, Mark A Lee, Brett D Crist
Fracture surgeons do a great job of managing bone issues, but they may overlook the associated soft tissue injuries that play a significant role in the final outcome after musculoskeletal injury. The soft tissue reconstruction ladder can help guide reconstructive procedures based on the least complex procedure that allows the best chance of fracture healing. Muscle injury, volume loss, and deconditioning occur with traumatic injury and during the recovery phase. Neuromuscular stimulation, nutrition, and strength training are potential ways to aid in recovery...
March 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
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