Effect of acute leg cycling on the soleus H-reflex and modified Ashworth scale scores in individuals with multiple sclerosis

Robert W. Motl, Erin M. Snook, Marcus L. Hinkle, Edward McAuley

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Abstract

This study examined the effect of a single bout of unloaded leg cycling on the soleus H-reflex and modified Ashworth scale (MAS) in 27 individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) who had spasticity of the leg muscles, but were not currently taking anti-spastic medications. The soleus H-reflex and MAS data were collected before and 10, 30, and 60 min after 20 min of unloaded leg cycling and a control condition. The acute bout of unloaded leg cycling resulted in concomitant and prolonged reductions in the soleus H-reflex and MAS scores compared with the control condition. This provides converging evidence for the anti-spastic potential of acute unloaded leg cycling in individuals with MS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-292
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Volume406
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 9 2006

Keywords

  • Exercise
  • Hoffmann reflex
  • Neurological disease
  • Spasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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