Physical therapy using relaxation imagery, which involves active relaxation of the brain, is often used to decrease the abnormally increased muscle tone in patients with spasticity and rigidity. We have experienced cases where relaxation imagery was effective in patients with poor muscle control due to neurological diseases. Under the resting condition, we measured F-waves during relaxation. Under the relaxation imagery condition, F-waves were recorded in a resting position and during, immediately after, and at 5, 10, and 15 min after a 2-min relaxation imagery period. Techniques such as continued muscle stretching and neuromuscular electrical stimulation are usually employed to decrease abnormal muscle tone in patients with spasticity and rigidity.
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