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TENS to the posterior aspect of the legs decreases postural sway during stance.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16207512     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) applied to the posterior aspect of the legs, on postural sway during stance. Thirty healthy subjects were tested while standing on a force platform under four stimulation conditions: no TENS, bilateral TENS, and unilateral left and right TENS. Thirty-second long tests, employing detection threshold amplitudes, were performed in three blocks. In each block, the four conditions were applied both with and without vision in a random order. The results indicate that the application of TENS brought about a decrease in postural sway as expressed by average sway velocity, in addition to a decrease in the absolute values of maximal and minimal medio-lateral and anterior-posterior velocity. Thus, similar to sub-threshold random electrical noise, it appears that the application of low-amplitude TENS to the lower limbs decreases postural sway during stance. Considering the ease of TENS application and the high prevalence of postural disorders, the potential clinical significance of this observation is to be determined by further studies.
Ruth Dickstein; Yocheved Laufer; Miri Katz
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2005-10-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuroscience letters     Volume:  393     ISSN:  0304-3940     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurosci. Lett.     Publication Date:  2006 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-06     Completed Date:  2006-02-09     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7600130     Medline TA:  Neurosci Lett     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
Leg / innervation*,  radiation effects*
Movement / physiology,  radiation effects*
Postural Balance / physiology*
Posture / physiology*
Sensory Thresholds / physiology,  radiation effects
Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation*
Vestibular Function Tests / methods

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