Medindia

X

Mind is Critical in Maintaining Muscle Strength During Prolonged Immobilization

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  January 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Following a prolonged period of immobilization the mind is critical in maintaining muscle and the mental imagery may be the key in reducing the associated muscle loss, according to researchers at the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI) at Ohio University.
 Mind is Critical in Maintaining Muscle Strength During Prolonged Immobilization
Mind is Critical in Maintaining Muscle Strength During Prolonged Immobilization
Advertisement

Researcher Brian C. Clark and his colleagues tested how the brain's cortex plays into strength development and designed an experiment to measure changes in wrist flexor strength in three groups of healthy adults. For 4-weeks, the 29 study subjects wore a rigid cast that extended from just below the elbow past the fingers, effectively immobilizing the hand and wrist, while 15 subjects who did not wear casts served as the control group.

Advertisement
The research team found that neurological mechanisms, most likely at the cortical level, contribute significantly to disuse-induced weakness, and that regular activation of the cortical regions via imagery attenuates weakness. Thus their findings could provide therapeutic intervention for muscle weakness and voluntary neural activation.

The study has been published in the 'Journal of Neurophysiology'.

Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All