Transcutaneous electrical stimulation of the neck muscles and hemineglect rehabilitation

L. Pizzamiglio, G. Vallar, L. Magnotti

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Abstract

In four patients with left visuo-spatial hemineglect and right brain- damage, the therapeutic effects of Transcutaneous Electrical Nervous Stimulation (TENS) of the left neck muscles, associated with a non-specific treatment, and of a specific rehabilitation paradigm were investigated. The two treatments were given for an 8-week period each. TENS had positive effects on hemineglect in two out of four patients, whereas the specific treatment produced a major improvement of the disorder in all four cases. The suggestion is made that an effective treatment of neglect requires a paradigm comprising a range of visuo-spatial exploratory tasks of increasing complexity and a systematic feedback as to the success of the patients' performance. This is the case of the specific treatment. By contrast a procedure confined to a sensory stimulation, which produces a short-term improvement in the range of minutes, does not have comparable long-term effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-203
Number of pages7
JournalRestorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Volume10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1996

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Keywords

  • Egocentric spatial representation
  • Neck muscle stimulation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spatial hemineglect
  • Sprague effect
  • Transcutaneous electrical nervous stimulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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