Megumi Shimodozono

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OBJECTIVE To investigate whether multiple sessions of 1-Hz repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) facilitates the effect of repetitive facilitation exercises on hemiplegic upper-limb function in chronic stroke patients. DESIGN Randomized double-blinded crossover study. PATIENTS Eighteen patients with hemiplegia of the upper limb. METHODS(More)
Corticobasal degeneration is a progressive neurological disorder characterized by a combination of parkinsonism and cortical dysfunction such as limb kinetic apraxia, alien limb phenomenon, and dementia. To study the effect of repetitive facilitation exercise (RFE) in a patient with corticobasal degeneration, we used a newly designed facilitation exercise(More)
To investigate the effect of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluvoxamine on central poststroke pain (CPSP), fluvoxamine (25 to 125 mg daily) was given to 31 patients. Although 3 patients dropped out within 1 week, 28 patients who received fluvoxamine for 2 to 4 weeks showed a significant reduction in the visual analog scale (VAS) for pain(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate whether the direct application of vibratory stimuli inhibits spasticity and improves motor function in the hemiplegic upper limbs of post-stroke patients. DESIGN Prospective pilot study. SETTING University hospital rehabilitation centre. SUBJECTS Fourteen post-stroke patients (mean age = 57.3 years; SD = 19.1 years). (More)
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic disorder that is characterized by widespread pain with localized tenderness. We aimed to investigate whether thermal therapy combining sauna therapy and underwater exercise improved pain, symptoms, and quality of life (QOL) in FMS patients. Forty-four female FMS patients who fulfilled the American College of(More)
We aimed to determine the effects of angiotensin II receptor blocker on cerebral hemodynamics and rehabilitative outcome. Sixteen hypertensive patients with a history of stroke received 10-20 mg olmesartan daily for eight weeks. Blood pressure decreased after treatment compared with the baseline, whereas cerebral blood flow (CBF) values of the affected and(More)
The use of a new device consisting of a small vibrator to deliver functional vibratory stimulation (FVS) to the arm resulted in improvements of flexion of the hemiparetic shoulder in a man with thalamic bleeding. FVS delivered to the palm enabled the patient to repeat flexing his hemiparetic shoulder to manipulate objects with his hand. The functions of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the effects on the hemiplegic upper limb of repetitive facilitation exercises (RFEs) using a novel facilitation technique, in which the patient's intention to move the hemiplegic upper limb or finger was followed by realization of the movement using multiple sensory stimulations. METHODS Twenty-three stroke patients were enrolled in a(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of the intensive repetition of movements elicited by the facilitation technique to improve voluntary movement of a hemiplegic lower limb in patients with brain damage. DESIGN A multiple-baseline design (A-B-A-B: A without specific therapy, B with specific therapy) across individuals. PATIENTS The sample comprised 22(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effects of neck-muscle vibration for 5 min before occupational therapy (OT) on unilateral spatial neglect (USN). METHOD In this multiple-baseline design study for 6 weeks (A(1)-B-A(2) design: A(1), A(2); conventional OT without neck-muscle vibration, B; neck-muscle vibration before OT together with conventional OT), we examined 11(More)