Temporal facilitation prior to voluntary muscle relaxation

Kenichi Sugawara, Shigeo Tanabe, Toshio Higashi, Takamasa Tsurumi, Tatsuya Kasai

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Abstract

We investigated the dominancy of excitability changes in motor cortex or spinal levels and temporal tuning mechanisms of muscle relaxation. We delivered transcranial magnetic stimulation and electric (H-reflex) stimulations relative to the application of the response signal under the reaction time task. The results showed that a significant change was found in only motor evoked potential during the prerelaxation phase, 30 ms after the response signal presented for muscle relaxation, but similar changes were not found in H-reflex. We suggested that this phenomenon, may be, reflects on excitation of corticospinal neurons, which consequently play an important role for muscle relaxation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-452
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Neuroscience
Volume119
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-03-2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)

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