Towards a Neural-Networks Based Therapy for Limbs Spasticity

  • Alexandre Moreira Nascimento
  • D. Andina
  • Francisco Javier Ropero Peláez
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4527)


This article presents a neural network model for the simulation of the neurological mechanism that produces limbs hiper-rigidity (spasticity). In this model, we take into account intrinsic plasticity, which is the property of biological neurons that consists in the shifting of the action potential threshold according to experience. In accordance to the computational model, a therapeutic technique for diminishing limbs spasticity is proposed and discussed.


Neural networks hypertonia spasticity intrinsic plasticity muscle treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandre Moreira Nascimento
    • 1
  • D. Andina
    • 2
  • Francisco Javier Ropero Peláez
    • 1
  1. 1.Politechnique School of the University of Säo Paulo 
  2. 2.Group for Automation and Soft Computing, Technical Univ. of Madrid (GASC/UPM) 

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