Down-Conditioning of Soleus Reflex Activity using Mechanical Stimuli and EMG Biofeedback

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    Spasticity is a common syndrome caused by various brain and neural injuries, which can severely impair walking ability and functional independence. To improve functional independence, conditioning protocols are available aimed at reducing spasticity by facilitating spinal neuroplasticity. This down-conditioning can be performed using different types of stimuli, electrical or mechanical, and reflex activity measures, EMG or impedance, used as biofeedback variable. Still, current results on effectiveness of these conditioning protocols are incomplete, making comparisons difficult. We aimed to show the within-session task- dependent and across-session long-term adaptation of a conditioning protocol based on mechanical stimuli and EMG biofeedback. However, in contrast to literature, preliminary results show that subjects were unable to successfully obtain task-dependent modulation of their soleus short-latency stretch reflex magnitude.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSchool and Symposium on Advanced Neurorehabilitation (SSNR 2018)
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    EventSummer School on Neurorehabilitation 2018 - Parador de Baiona, Baiona, Spain
    Duration: 16 Sep 201821 Sep 2018


    OtherSummer School on Neurorehabilitation 2018
    Abbreviated titleSSNR 2018
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