Andresa M. C. Germano

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Previous studies indicate that plantar cutaneous afferents participate in modulation of muscle reflexes; however, the mechanisms remain unclear. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the influence of hypothermically reduced plantar foot sensation on the Achilles tendon reflex. Short latency responses of three muscles were analyzed under three(More)
INTRODUCTION This study investigated whether a controlled reduction of foot sole temperature affects the Achilles tendon stretch reflex and plantar flexion. Methods Five stretch reflexes in 52 healthy subjects were evoked by Achilles tendon taps. Short latency responses of 3 muscles of the lower limb and maximal force of plantar flexion were analyzed. Foot(More)
The Posturomed device is used as a scientific tool to quantify human dynamic balance ability due to unexpected perturbations, and as a training device. Consequently, the question arises whether such measurements are compromised by learning effects. Therefore, this study aimed to analyze inter- and intra-day reliability of dynamic balance responses using the(More)
Anticipatory and compensatory balance responses are used by the central nervous system (CNS) to preserve balance, hence they significantly contribute to the understanding of physiological mechanisms of postural control. It is well established that various sensory systems contribute to the regulation of balance. However, it is still unclear which role each(More)
INTRODUCTION The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is frequently involved in low back and pelvic girdle pain. However, morphometrical and functional characteristics related to SIJ pain are poorly defined. Pelvic belts represent one treatment option, but evidence still lacks as to their pain-reducing effects and the mechanisms involved. Addressing these two issues,(More)
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