Mihoko Tanaka

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Eccentric jaw exercises has been known to cause muscle soreness but no studies have so far examined to what extent temporal summation mechanisms within the exercised muscles are changed. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effects of an eccentric biting exercise on the temporal summation, mechanical pressure sensitivity and jaw muscle(More)
BACKGROUND When teeth are extracted, sensory function is decreased by a loss of periodontal ligament receptions. When replacing teeth by oral implants, one hopes to restore the sensory feedback pathway as such to allow for physiological implant integration and optimized oral function with implant-supported prostheses. What remains to be investigated is how(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the effect of low-level jaw clenching on temporal summation in healthy volunteers. DESIGN In 18 healthy volunteers, the pain intensities evoked at the masseter muscle and the hand palm by the first and last stimuli in a train of repeated electrical stimuli (0.3 or 2.0 Hz) were rated using 0-100mm visual analogue scales (VAS), in order(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the effect of painful electrical stimuli applied to intra-oral tissues around the teeth on the neck muscle activity in healthy humans. METHODS Electromyographic (EMG) responses of the dorsal neck muscles evoked by intra-oral electrical stimulation were recorded before and after local anesthesia to the stimulus site in 17 healthy(More)
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