Symmetric force response of human masticatory muscles to stretch and unloading

@article{Miles1997SymmetricFR,
  title={Symmetric force response of human masticatory muscles to stretch and unloading},
  author={Timothy S. Miles and Andrew V. Poliakov},
  journal={Experimental Brain Research},
  year={1997},
  volume={114},
  pages={371-376}
}
 During chewing, the force exerted by the jaw-closing muscles must constantly adapt to changing resistances between the teeth, as the food is broken down. In the present study, the changes in biting force resulting from small, controlled displacements imposed on isometrically contracting jaw-closing muscles were measured. We found that the force changes resulting from small loading and unloading movements were normally highly symmetrical. The initial force change was linear, and preceded the… CONTINUE READING

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