Immediate effects of plantar inputs on the upper half muscles and upright posture: A preliminary study

Fabio Ciuffolo, Anna Lucia Ferritto, Filippo Muratore, Simona Tecco, Mauro Testa, Michele D'Attilio, Felice Festa

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This purpose of this study was to investigate the immediate effects of plantar inputs on both the upper half muscle activity (anterior temporal, masseter, digastric, sternocleidomastoid, upper and lower trapezius, cervical) and the body posture, by means of electromyography (EMG) and vertical force platform, respectively. Twenty four (24) healthy adults, between the ages of 24 and 31 years (25.3±1.9), with no history of craniomandibular disorder or systemic musculoskeletal dysfunction, were randomly divided into two groups: test group (fourteen subjects) and control group (ten subjects). A first recording session (TO) measured the baseline EMG and postural patterns of both groups. After this session, the test group wore test shoes with insoles that stimulated the plantar surfaces, while the control group wore placebo shoes. After one hour, a second set of measurements (T1) were performed. Significant differences between the groups at baseline were observed in the left anterior temporal, left cervical, and left upper trapezius, as well as at T1 in the left anterior temporal and right upper trapezius (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-59
Number of pages10
JournalCranio - Journal of Craniomandibular Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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