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Recent studies have revealed that the stretch reflex responses of both ankle flexor and extensor muscles are coaugmented in the early stance phase of human walking, suggesting that these coaugmented reflex responses contribute to secure foot stabilization around the heel strike. To test whether the reflex responses mediated by the stretch reflex pathway are(More)
The delay of the sensory-motor feedback loop is a destabilizing factor within the neural control mechanism of quiet standing. The purposes of this study were 1) to experimentally identify the neuromusculoskeletal torque-generation process during standing posture and 2) to investigate the effect of the delay induced by this system on the control mechanism of(More)
It is now well recognized that muscle activity can be induced even in the paralyzed lower limb muscles of persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) by imposing locomotion-like movements on both of their legs. Although the significant role of the afferent input related to hip joint movement and body load has been emphasized considerably in previous studies, the(More)
The purpose of this study was to test whether the spinal reflex excitability of the soleus muscle is modulated as posture changes from a supine to a passive upright position. Eight healthy subjects (29.6+/-5.4 yrs) participated in this study. Stretch and H-reflex responses were elicited while the subjects maintained passive standing (ST) and supine (SP)(More)
STUDY DESIGN Comparative study of the effectiveness of walking exercise with a newly developed gait orthosis, the weight-bearing control (WBC) orthosis, for thoracic level of paraplegic patients. OBJECTIVES To test its feasibility as a rehabilitation alternative for paraplegic patients, the energy consumption and cost during walking with WBC were(More)
This is, to our knowledge, the first report demonstrating the effects of orthotic gait training on the activity of the spinal locomotor neural networks. Three subjects with complete spinal cord injury (SCI) performed 1-h training with reciprocating gait orthosis 5 days/week for 12 weeks. The results showed that after 3 (n=1) or 6 weeks (n=2) of training,(More)
The purpose of this study was to develop a rehabilitation device for preventing deterioration of the neuromuscular system in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). Specifically, motorized footrests that could generate passive motion in paralyzed ankles were devised for use with a wheelchair. We here show the concept and structure of our developed device,(More)
Direct evidence supporting the contribution of upper limb motion on the generation of locomotive motor output in humans is still limited. Here, we aimed to examine the effect of upper limb motion on locomotor-like muscle activities in the lower limb in persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). By imposing passive locomotion-like leg movements, all cervical(More)
It is well known that muscle contraction can be easily evoked in the human soleus muscle by applying single-pulse electrical stimulation to the tibial nerve at the popliteal fossa. We herein reveal the unexpected phenomenon of muscle contractions that can be observed when train stimulation is used instead. We found, in 11 human subjects, that transient(More)
A number of orthoses have been developed to restore stance and walking in paraplegic subjects. Compliance, however, has been limited, mainly owing to walking effort. Use of the forces produced by actuators is an effective way to solve the problem of the considerable effort required for orthotic gait, namely high muscular effort and high energy expenditure.(More)