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Separate studies have reported that postural control during quiet standing could be (1) impaired with muscle fatigue localized at the lower back, and (2) improved through the use of plantar pressure-based electro-tactile biofeedback, under normal neuromuscular state. The aim of this experiment was to investigate whether this biofeedback could reduce postural destabilization induced by trunk extensor muscles. Ten healthy adults were asked to stand as immobile as possible in four experimental conditions: (1) no fatigue/no biofeedback, (2) no fatigue/biofeedback, (3) fatigue/no biofeedback and (4) fatigue/biofeedback. Muscular fatigue was achieved by performing trunk repetitive extensions until maximal exhaustion. The underlying principle of the biofeedback consisted of providing supplementary information related to foot sole pressure distribution through electro-tactile stimulation of the tongue. Centre of foot pressure (CoP) displacements were recorded using a force platform. Results showed (1) increased CoP displacements along the antero-posterior axis in the fatigue than no fatigue condition in the absence of biofeedback and (2) no significant difference between the no fatigue and fatigue conditions in the presence of biofeedback. This suggests that subjects were able to efficiently integrate an artificial plantar pressure information delivered through electro-tactile stimulation of the tongue that allowed them to suppress the destabilizing effect induced by trunk extensor muscles fatigue.
"This suggests that subjects were able to efficiently integrate an artificial plantar pressure information delivered through electro-tactile stimulation of the tongue that allowed them to suppress the destabilizing effect induced by trunk extensor muscles fatigue."
Without reading the paper.
If we shock your tounge when you sway, you will stop swaying.
It would be interesting to hear what the electromechanical stimulus on the tounge was.