Vibration Therapy Effects on Muscle Firing Patterns
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The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of whole body vibration therapy on muscle firing patterns as measured by EMG analysis.
Condition or disease
Device: Whole Body Vibration
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Proprioception is the specialized sensory modality that informs the body as to movement, position, and spatial orientation through mechanisms that track sensations accompanying joint movement and position. Mechanoreceptors in joints, along with vestibular, visual, muscle spindle, Golgi tendon organ, ligament and tendon sensory receptors, comprise the propriosensory system, which conveys information to the motor system to maintain equilibrium on a reflexive, automatic basis. Alterations in somatosensory input from mechanoreceptors have been identified as causing aberrant muscle firing patterns.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
20 Years to 60 Years (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Logan student, staff, or faculty with no history of ankle injury
Ages 18 - 60 years old
Logan student, staff, or faculty with no history of ankle surgery
No visual or vestibular condition that would affect balance
Systemic illnesses that have an adverse effect on balance
Local infection, injury, or other malignancy affecting the lower extremity
Any unstable joints of the lower extremity
Any spinal manipulation within 48 hours
Prescription or herbal muscle stimulants, relaxants, etc. that could affect balance