Can somatosensory electrical stimulation relieve spasticity in post-stroke patients? A TMS pilot study

André Salles Cunha Peres, Victor Hugo Souza, João Marcos Yamasaki Catunda, Kelley Cristine Mazzeto-Betti, Taiza Elaine Grespan Santos-Pontelli, Claudia Domingues Vargas, Oswaldo Baffa, Draulio Barros De Araújo, Octávio Marques Pontes-Neto, João Pereira Leite, Marco Antonio Cavalcanti Garcia*

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Abstract

Evidence suggests that somatosensory electrical stimulation (SES) may decrease the degree of spasticity from neural drives, although there is no agreement between corticospinal modulation and the level of spasticity. Thus, stroke patients and healthy subjects were submitted to SES (3 Hz) for 30′ on the impaired and dominant forearms, respectively. Motor evoked potentials induced by single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation were collected from two forearm muscles before and after SES. The passive resistance of the wrist joint was measured with an isokinetic system. We found no evidence of an acute carry-over effect of SES on the degree of spasticity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-506
Number of pages6
JournalBiomedizinische Technik
Volume63
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • corticospinal tract
  • peripheral electrical stimulation
  • somatosensory electrical stimulation
  • spasticity
  • transcranial magnetic stimulation
  • upper motor neuron syndrome

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