A Fundamental Study on Tonic Vibration Reflex in Forearm Pronation/Supination to Suppress Essential Tremor Movements

Kazuo Kiguchi, Takeru Kai, Wenbin Liu

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Abstract

Essential tremor (ET) is one of the most common movement disorders. Undesired involuntary periodic movements are generated in ET patients. Some devices have been developed to suppress ET movements up to the present. In this paper, Tonic Vibration Reflex (TVR) is studied to investigate the possibility to suppress ET movements. The TVR is a phenomenon of human reflex which is induced by applying mechanical vibration stimulation to a human muscle. If a counter-phase movement of the ET movement of the patient is artificially generated by the TVR, the ET movement would be canceled. In order to investigate its possibility, fundamental study on the TVR is carried out in this study. In order to confirm the possibility of generating the TVR in forearm pronation/supination, the effect of the amplitude and the range of frequency of vibration stimulation on the TVR in forearm pronation/supination is studied in this paper. The effect of forearm posture is also studied. Furthermore, the effect of the on-and-off vibration stimulation on the TVR in forearm pronation/supination is investigated. The experimental results show the possibility of tremor movement suppression with the TVR.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2668-2673
Number of pages6
Volume2020-October
ISBN (Electronic)9781728185262
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 11 2020
Event2020 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2020 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: Oct 11 2020Oct 14 2020

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2020
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period10/11/2010/14/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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