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Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2012;8:149-54. doi: 10.2147/NDT.S29971. Epub 2012 Apr 4.

Preliminary pilot fMRI study of neuropostural optimization with a noninvasive asymmetric radioelectric brain stimulation protocol in functional dysmetria.

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Institute of Radiology, University of Cagliari, Florence, Italy.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study assessed changes in functional dysmetria (FD) and in brain activation observable by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during a leg flexion-extension motor task following brain stimulation with a single radioelectric asymmetric conveyer (REAC) pulse, according to the precisely defined neuropostural optimization (NPO) protocol.

POPULATION AND METHODS:

Ten healthy volunteers were assessed using fMRI conducted during a simple motor task before and immediately after delivery of a single REAC-NPO pulse. The motor task consisted of a flexion-extension movement of the legs with the knees bent. FD signs and brain activation patterns were compared before and after REAC-NPO.

RESULTS:

A single 250-millisecond REAC-NPO treatment alleviated FD, as evidenced by patellar asymmetry during a sit-up motion, and modulated activity patterns in the brain, particularly in the cerebellum, during the performance of the motor task.

CONCLUSION:

Activity in brain areas involved in motor control and coordination, including the cerebellum, is altered by administration of a REAC-NPO treatment and this effect is accompanied by an alleviation of FD.

KEYWORDS:

cerebellum; dysmetria; fluctuating asymmetry; functional dysmetria; motor behavior; motor control

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