This project seeks to understand the physiological mechanisms underlying muscle spasms and spasticity and investigate non-invasive, non-pharmacological techniques to meaningfully manage these complications after spinal cord injury. One possible method is the use of focal vibration of muscles or tendons to activate inhibitory circuits within the spinal cord.
DeForest BA, Bohorquez J, Perez MA. (2020). Vibration Attenuates Spasm-Like Activity in Humans with Spinal Cord Injury. Journal of Physiology, In Press.