Author(s): Kasai T, Kawai S, Kawanishi M, Yahagi S
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Abstract This study examined the extent to which motor imagery can facilitate to specific pools of motoneurons. Motor commands induced by motor imagery were subthreshold for muscle activity and were presumably not associated with any change in background afferent activity. To estimate excitability changes of flexor carpi radialis (FCR) muscle motoneuron in spinal and cortical level, electric stimuli for recording H-reflex and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for recording motor evoked potentials (MEPs) were used. During motor imagery of wrist flexion, remarkable increases in the amplitude of the MEP of FCR were observed with no change in the H-reflex. Furthermore, facilitation of antagonist (extensor carpi radialis; ECR) was also observed. Therefore, it is concluded that internal motor command can activate precisely cortical excitability with no change in spinal level without recourse to afferent feedback.
This article was published in Brain Res
and referenced in International Journal of Neurorehabilitation