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Motor Control – Voluntary Movement Stimulation

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Voluntary Movement Stimulation 

Voluntary Movement Stimulation

Epidural stimulation of the lumbrosacral spinal cord is used to facilitate movement of the legs and trunk following severe spinal cord injury. Isolation of toe, ankle and leg movements can be achieved with specific stimulation parameters. The research participants will practice these movements both in the laboratory and home environment with the goal of strengthening the connection between brain and spinal cord and promote recovery of the spinal networks intrinsic abilities.
Similarly to voluntary movement of the legs, trunk control is improved with specific stimulation parameters and task specific training. We combine epidural stimulation with trunk exercises to promote the recovery of sitting balance and trunk stability. Research participants will practice various upper extremity and trunk tasks to strengthen core muscles.



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