European Journal of Applied Physiology

, Volume 90, Issue 5–6, pp 651–653 | Cite as

Modulation of H reflexes in the forearm during voluntary teeth clenching in humans

  • Toshiyuki TakahashiEmail author
  • Toshiaki Ueno
  • Takashi Ohyama
Short Communication


We investigated whether there is any modulation of the H reflex in the forearm during teeth clenching and how any correlation that may be found is modulated. The H reflexes of the flexor carpi radialis (FCR) and the extensor carpi radialis (ECR) muscles were evoked on the right side in five healthy adult volunteers. The H reflexes of the FCR and ECR muscles were facilitated in association with voluntary teeth clenching in a force-dependent manner (r=0.46–0.663, P<0.05). The increase in amplitude of the H reflex of the FCR muscle associated with teeth clenching started before the onset of the EMG activity of the masseter muscle. The results of the present study demonstrate that oral motor activity exerts strong influences on the motor activity of the forearm.


Extensor carpi radialis muscle Flexor carpi radialis muscle H reflex Masseter muscle Teeth clenching 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toshiyuki Takahashi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Toshiaki Ueno
    • 1
  • Takashi Ohyama
    • 2
  1. 1.Sports Medicine/Dentistry, Department of International Health Development, Division of Public HealthTokyo Medical and Dental UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Removable Prosthodontics, Department of Masticatory Function Rehabilitation, Division of Oral Health Sciences Graduate SchoolTokyo Medical and Dental UniversityTokyoJapan

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