Proprioceptive and other reflexes of fusimotor neurones of jaw muscles

  • Anthony Taylor
  • Sue Gottlieb


During natural movements a wide variety of proprioceptors and non-nociceptive cutaneous mechanoreceptors are activated. Through their segmental connections to alpha motoneurones they can provide various kinds of feedback control, the significance of which is clear, at least in some cases (see Taylor & Gottlieb, 1985). The effects of sensory input on fusimotor neurones has been studied for the past 30 years (see e.g. Grillner, 1969; Ellaway et al., 1981; Appelberg et al., 1982), but the subject has been difficult experimentally. It may be said that the effects of peripheral stimulation observed so far are mixed, variable, dependent on the type of preparation and quite unexplained in terms of any general strategy of motor control.


Motor Unit Muscle Spindle Inferior Alveolar Nerve Lingual Nerve Muscle Stretch 
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  • Sue Gottlieb

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