Development of Musculoskeletal Model to Estimate Muscle Activities During Swallowing

  • Takuya HashimotoEmail author
  • Atsuko Murakoshi
  • Takahiro Kikuchi
  • Yukihiro Michiwaki
  • Takuji Koike
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9745)


Swallowing, or deglutition, is well known as a process to transport bolus of food from mouth to stomach, whereas it is difficult to understand its physiological mechanism because it involves in complex neuromuscular coordination. In order to understand swallowing mechanism in terms of muscle activity, we develop a musculoskeletal model in which muscles around the hyoid bone and the thyroid cartilage are represented as wire actuators. The changes of muscle lengths are calculated to estimate muscle activities during normal swallowing as a static analysis using the musculoskeletal model. The results of this study would contribute to provide greater insight into swallowing and to improve treatments for dysphagia.


Swallowing Musculoskeletal analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takuya Hashimoto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Atsuko Murakoshi
    • 1
  • Takahiro Kikuchi
    • 2
  • Yukihiro Michiwaki
    • 2
  • Takuji Koike
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of Electro-CommunicationsTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Japanese Red Cross Musashino HospitalTokyoJapan

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