Acute effects of high-frequency microfocal vibratory stimulation on the H reflex of the soleus muscle. A double-blind study in healthy subjects

Enrico Alfonsi, Paolo Paone, Cristina Tassorelli, Roberto de Icco, Arrigo Moglia, Elena Alvisi, Lucky Marchetta, Mauro Fresia, Alessandra Montini, Marzia Calabrese, Vittorio Versiglia, Giorgio Sandrini

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Abstract

This study in healthy subjects examined the effects of a system delivering focal microvibrations at high frequency (Equistasi®) on tonic vibration stimulus (TVS)- induced inhibition of the soleus muscle H reflex. Highfrequency microvibrations significantly increased the inhibitory effect of TVS on the H reflex for up to three minutes. Moreover, Equistasi® also significantly reduced alpha-motoneuron excitability, as indicated by the changes in the ratio between the maximumamplitude H reflex (Hmax reflex) and the maximumamplitude muscle response (Mmax response); this effect was due to reduction of the amplitude of the H reflex because the amplitude of muscle response remained unchanged. The present findings indicate that Equistasi® has a modulatory effect on proprioceptive reflex circuits. Therefore, Equistasi® might interfere with some mechanisms involved in both physiological and pathophysiological control of movement and of posture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-274
Number of pages6
JournalFunctional Neurology
Volume30
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2015

Keywords

  • H reflex
  • High-frequency microvibrations
  • Tonic vibratory stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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    Alfonsi, E., Paone, P., Tassorelli, C., de Icco, R., Moglia, A., Alvisi, E., Marchetta, L., Fresia, M., Montini, A., Calabrese, M., Versiglia, V., & Sandrini, G. (2015). Acute effects of high-frequency microfocal vibratory stimulation on the H reflex of the soleus muscle. A double-blind study in healthy subjects. Functional Neurology, 30(4), 269-274.