Hiroshi Takasaki

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Clinically, taping is believed to alter muscle activity. The purpose of this study was to investigate: (1) whether taping across the upper trapezius (UT) muscle influenced the level of UT and lower trapezius (LT) muscle activity and the ratio of these activities (UT/LT ratio) during a static typing task; and (2) if the activity of these muscles varied with(More)
The majority of patients with narcolepsy-cataplexy were reported to have very low cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) hypocretin-1 (orexin-A) levels. The hypocretin-1 levels of secondary excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) disorders are not known. In this study, we found that CSF hypocretin levels in the patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome were within the(More)
Visual dependency is a condition where spatial orientation is mainly dependent on visual information. It can be affected in conditions such as vestibular disorders, brain injuries and neck pain including whiplash. Visual dependency can be assessed with a computer-based, dot version, Rod-Frame test (C-RFT(dot)) by measuring the deviation of a rod (comprised(More)
The Flexion-Rotation Test (FRT) is proposed to assess mobility primarily at C1-C2. However, there is no in vivo measurement investigating the validity of the FRT. The purpose of this study was 1) to examine measurement reliability of segmental upper cervical movements using magnetic resonance imaging and 2) to investigate the content validity of the FRT.(More)
BACKGROUND It is well known that cubital tunnel syndrome frequently occurs in throwing athletes. The cause of cubital tunnel syndrome is considered to be mechanical stimuli on the ulnar nerve in the cubital tunnel. The hypothesis of the present cadaveric study was that the ulnar nerve is subjected to longitudinal strain in the cubital tunnel during the(More)
The purpose of this study is to measure muscle strain on the extensor carpi radialis longus (ECRL) and extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) in cadavers and to identify effective stretching positions. In 12 frozen/thawed cadaveric arms, a strain gauge was attached to the ECRL and ECRB muscles, and increases in muscle strain were measured from a standard(More)
Impairments in cervical kinematics are common in patients with neck pain. A virtual reality (VR) device has potential to be effective in the management of these impairments. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of kinematic training (KT) with and without the use of an interactive VR device. In this assessor-blinded, allocation-concealed(More)
The prone hip extension (PHE) test is commonly used in the evaluation of lumbo-pelvic dysfunction. It has been suggested that altered motor control identified by the PHE test can be improved with the application of compression force across the pelvis, to increase force closure on the sacroiliac joint (SIJ). This repeated measure study design investigated(More)
Whilst there are numerous studies examining aspects of sagittal plane motion in the lumbar spine, few consider coronal plane range of motion and there are no in vivo reports of nucleus pulposus (NP) displacement in lateral flexion. This study quantified in vivo NP deformation in response to side flexion in healthy volunteers. Concomitant lateral flexion and(More)
In the management of neck pain disorders, McKenzie recommends performing neck extension exercises from a fully neck retracted position in order to achieve a maximum range of lower cervical extension. However, no study has investigated the impact of pre-positioning the neck prior to the extension exercise. This study compared end-range sagittal cervical(More)