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Gait Posture. 2002 Feb;15(1):75-82.

Adaptation of postural control to perturbations--a process that initiates long-term motor memory.

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Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University Hospital of Lund, S-221 85, Lund, Sweden. fredrik.tjernstrom@skane.se

Abstract

The objective was to investigate postural control adaptation during daily repeated posturography with vibratory calf stimulation. The posturography was performed with eyes open and closed daily for 5 days and after 90 days on 12 healthy subjects. The postural control adaptation could be described as two separate processes, a rapid adaptation during the test progress and a long-term habituation between consecutive test days. The adaptive improvements gained during the 5 days consecutive testing, largely remained 90 days later but seemed restricted to the same test situation. The findings suggest that balance rehabilitation should include a variety of repeated exercises, which are sufficiently long to induce habituation.

PMID:
11809583
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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