stretch reflex


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stretch reflex

n.
A reflex contraction of a muscle in response to stretching of an attached tendon or of the muscle itself.
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Noun1.stretch reflex - reflex contraction of a muscle when an attached tendon is pulled; important in maintaining erect posture
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Peripherally, muscle tone is modulated by muscle spindles, which are an integral component of the stretch reflex and act to maintain posture and joint integrity via low-level, relatively static isometric contractions [4].
However, the stretch reflex amplitude had been shown increase (Rittweger et al.
In a narrow sense, spasticity is observed as an increased velocity-dependent response in the tonic stretch reflex (Lance, 1980).
Anything less than six seconds, such as a ballistic stretch, does not incorporate the Golgi tendon organ, but, rather, the stretch reflex.
This type of exercise stimulates the stretch reflex in muscle tissues, increases muscle tone and increases the blood and lymph node circulation without increasing the heart or blood pressure.
This mechanical stimulus produces a stretch reflex which, depending on the selected frequency, can vary from 30 to 60 times per second, resulting in muscles constantly contracting very vigorously.
It avoids the initiation of the stretch reflex, and allows most residents to remain in extension post-ROM.