Monthly Archives: May 2014

Whether you are a fish or a land lover, exercise is beneficial for musculoskeletal motor impairments

Musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, lower back pain and fibromyalgia are the most common causes for utilizing healthcare resources, and are amongst the world’s leading causes of chronic pain, disability and reduced health-related quality of life (Escorpizo et al, 2009). These conditions also account for approximately 7% of total disability […]

Neuroimaging the brain areas activated by muscle and cutaneous afferents

Inputs from specialised cutaneous and muscle afferents are crucial for tactile manipulation and accurate movement and postural control.  Both sets of afferents project to the cerebral cortex and contribute to proprioceptive senses (e.g. Proske & Gandevia, 2012).  We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to compare the cortical activation produced by cutaneous […]