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H-Reflex Device: Improve Locomotion by Changing Spinal Cord Pathways

Published: June 24, 2014

H-Reflex DeviceInitial human studies of the H-Reflex Device have shown significant improvements in locomotion in spinal cord-injured (SCI) patients. Presented here is the use of a device and protocol to improve locomotor function in people with SCI by down-conditioning hyperactive reflexes or, if appropriate, up-conditioning hypoactive reflexes. Using operant conditioning of spinal reflexes, we can target plasticity to specific reflex pathways, which results in significant improvements in walking performance. These include less spasticity, easier stepping, increased walking speed, improved gait symmetry and decreased dependence on assistive devices.