Effects of Tai Chi Chuan combined with vibration training on the reflex activity of peripheral neuron

Chiang Liu, Kuei Yu Yang, Wan Chin Chen, Tzyy Yuang Shiang, Long Ren Chuang

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Objective: To investigate the effects of Tai Chi Chuan combined with vibration training on the excitability of α-motorneuron pool and γ-reflex arc. Methods: 55 healthy college students were divided into Tai Chi Chuan + vibration training (TAV) group, Tai Chi Chuan training (TAI) group, vibration training (VB) group, and control group (CON) for 8 weeks with 3 times training per week. Each time at pre-and post-training, H-reflex and M-wave were recorded by electrical stimulus induced on soleus muscle. T-reflex was also collected by knocking on the Achill tendon. Results: After 8-week training, the ratios of Hmax/Mmax and T-reflex/Mmax in VB group were significantly decreased (P<0.05), while the ratio of T-reflex/Mmax in TAV group was significantly increased (P<0.05), and the change percentage of T-reflex/Mmax was significantly higher than that in VB group (P<0.05). Conclusions: Although the vibration training could decrease the resting excitability of α-motorneuron pool, the Tai Chi Chuan combined with vibration training could give the muscle spindle stronger excitement so as to further induce the high excitability of γ-reflex arc. It indicated that the Tai Chi Chuan combined with vibration training is feasible since the neural adaptation around peripheral neuron system could be induced after such kind of training.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-334
Number of pages6
JournalYiyong Shengwu Lixue/Journal of Medical Biomechanics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug 1



  • Biomechanics
  • Neural adaptation
  • Reflex activity
  • Tai Chi Chuan
  • Vibrations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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