An electromyographic investigation of the pattern of overflow facilitated by manual resistive proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation in young healthy individuals: a preliminary study

Reznik, J.E., Biros, E., and Bartur, G. (2015) An electromyographic investigation of the pattern of overflow facilitated by manual resistive proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation in young healthy individuals: a preliminary study. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 31 (8). pp. 582-586.

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Abstract

Aim: To investigate the pattern of overflow facilitated by the use of resistive proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF).

Method: In a group of 12 young, healthy individuals, recruitment of electrical activity into the tibialis anterior (TA) muscle of the right lower limb (RLL) was assessed using surface electromyography (sEMG) during a random-sequence application of manually-resistive PNF to the other three limbs.

Results: Resistance exercise applied to the left lower limb (LLL) was associated with a considerable increase in sEMG activity in the RLL TA muscle compared to its baseline level (p = 0.001). Resistance exercise applied to the right or left upper limbs (RUL or LUL) respectively showed similar sEMG activity in RLL TA muscle to its baseline level.

Conclusion: A resistance exercise would appear to be effective in producing electrical activity in the contralateral homologous muscles of non-exercised limb.

Item ID: 44344
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: electromyography, irradiation, muscle stretching exercises, overflow, proprioception
ISSN: 1532-5040
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 00:02
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110317 Physiotherapy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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