The effect of muscle energy technique on corticospinal and spinal reflex excitability in asymptomatic participants

Fryer, Gary and Pearce, Alan J. 2013, The effect of muscle energy technique on corticospinal and spinal reflex excitability in asymptomatic participants, Journal of bodywork and movement therapies, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 440-447, doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.05.006.

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Title The effect of muscle energy technique on corticospinal and spinal reflex excitability in asymptomatic participants
Author(s) Fryer, Gary
Pearce, Alan J.
Journal name Journal of bodywork and movement therapies
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 440
End page 447
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-10
ISSN 1532-9283
Keyword(s) H-reflex
Motor evoked potentials
Electric Stimulation Therapy
Evoked Potentials, Motor
Lumbosacral Region
Muscle, Skeletal
Reflex, Abnormal
Tibial Nerve
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Young Adult
Summary The aim of the current study was to investigate, using a controlled, repeated measure design, the neurophysiological responses following an acute bout of muscle energy technique (MET). Transcranial magnetic stimulation elicited motor evoked potentials using a 110 mm double cone coil placed over the motor area of the brain, while Hoffman reflexes (H-reflex) were measured from the posterior tibial nerve using electrical stimulation. Responses were measured using surface electromyography electrodes placed over the lateral head of the gastrocnemius muscle in 12 asymptomatic volunteers. An MET aimed at the lumbosacral joint was performed bilaterally. Data were collected pre-intervention, after a control intervention, and after the MET intervention. A significant increase was found in evoked potential silent period (SP) duration (F2,22 = 7.64; p = 0.03) over time following MET, but not the control intervention. A significant decrease was found in H-reflex (F1.3,14.4 = 13.8; p = 0.01) over time following the MET intervention. MET applied to the lumbosacral joint produced a significant decrease in corticospinal and spinal reflex excitability, suggesting overall decreased motor excitability.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.05.006
Field of Research 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
1104 Complementary And Alternative Medicine
1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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