Alleviation of motor impairments in patients with cerebral palsy: Acute effects of whole-body vibration on stretch reflex response, voluntary muscle activation and mobility

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  • Anne Krause
  • Eckhard Schönau
  • Albert Gollhofer
  • Ibrahim Duran
  • Anja Ferrari-Malik
  • Kathrin Freyler
  • Ramona Ritzmann



INTRODUCTION Individuals suffering from cerebral palsy (CP) often have involuntary, reflex-evoked muscle activity resulting in spastic hyperreflexia. Whole-body vibration (WBV) has been demonstrated to reduce reflex activity in healthy subjects, but evidence in CP patients is still limited. Therefore, this study aimed to establish the acute neuromuscular and kinematic effects of WBV in subjects with spastic CP. METHODS 44 children with spastic CP were tested on neuromuscular activation and kinematics before and immediately after a 1-min bout of WBV (16-25 Hz, 1.5-3 mm). Assessment included (1) recordings of stretch reflex (SR) activity of the triceps surae, (2) electromyography (EMG) measurements of maximal voluntary muscle activation of lower limb muscles, and (3) neuromuscular activation during active range of motion (aROM). We recorded EMG of m. soleus (SOL), m. gastrocnemius medialis (GM), m. tibialis anterior, m. vastus medialis, m. rectus femoris, and m. biceps femoris. Angular excursion was recorded by goniometry of the ankle and knee joint. RESULTS After WBV, (1) SOL SRs were decreased (p 
ZeitschriftFrontiers in Neurology
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 16.08.2017

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