Grip Strength Exercises for a Stronger Grip
Dystrophia myotonica usually presents in the third and fourth decades. Myotonia is associated with weakness and muscle wasting. Unlike most other myopathies, it predominantly involves the distal and cranial muscles. Handshake is weak and reduced in maximum grip strength, and there is prolonged onset to maximum grip strength, but once this is achieved, the patient cannot relax. Percussion myotonia may be demonstrated, particularly in the tongue or thenar eminence. Ocular movements, eye closure, swallowing, and chewing may also be affected.
Putting the definitive prosthesis on and off may be difficult if hands are neuropathic and eyesight is poor, and visual inspection of the stump may be difficult. Velcro straps are useful in the patient with neuropathy and poor hand function to aid donning and doffing of the prosthesis. If skin is atrophic and circulation is reduced, stasis dermatitis may be a problem, and the skin is easily injured.
Several recent treatment strategies have improved sensory or motor function, or normalized sensory physiology. These strategies support the hypothesis that blurring of sensory and motor modules that are normally separated is a key component of focal hand dystonia, and that independent sensory and motor training is the most efficacious route to reestablishing normal function. This training normalizes motor modular independence, sensory modular separation, and hand function.
The following is an example of a test series for motor behavioral studies arranged by our lab to test our Tor1a knock-ins and tissue specific knock-outs made to model early-onset dystonia. First, a semi-quantitative test devised by Fernagut and colleagues is performed to evaluate general postural and limb flexion, hindlimb clasping, and righting (Fernagut et al. 2002). A rating scale from 1 to 3 is established based on the level of departure from the predetermined performance of wild-type mice. Grip strength is evaluated using a grip strength apparatus that contains metal bars animals can grab onto and generate a reading of the grip force. The highest of ten readings is recorded (Cabe et al. 1978). The rotarod test is performed to evaluate motor coordination and balance. A rotating rod is set to accelerate slowly. Mice are placed on the rotating rod and the latency to fall is recorded (Carter et al. 2001). In the beam crossing test, mice are made to walk across a raised beam with an...
A direct comparison of the effects of developmental and chronic, adult-onset exposure on motor skills showed dose-related effects of MeHg only after extensive, chronic exposure. Rats were exposed either chronically or prenatally (via maternal drinking water) to 0, 0.5, or 5.0 ppm of MeHg in drinking water, approximating 0, 40, or 400 g kg day 43 . Half of the rats were maintained on a coconut oil diet, while the other half ate a fish oil diet high in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), but diet did not influence methylmercury's effects, so will not be considered further here. Chronic, adult-onset exposure produced dose-related increases in grip strength, hind-limb crossing when the rat is held by the tail (a marker of chronic, high-dose exposure), gait abnormalities, and diminished running wheel activity. Similar effects have been reported in other experiments, but with higher exposure levels and, consequently, more rapid onset of effects 155 . Pigeons are also susceptible to sensory-motor...
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Muscle strength can be evaluated clinically by manual and functional testing. Typically, the British Medical Research Council (BMRC) scale is used. This simple grading gives a good general impression, but is inaccurate between grades 3 and 5 (3 sufficient force to hold against gravity, 5 maximal muscle force). A modified version of the scale has subdivisions between grades 3 and 5. A composite BMRC scale can be used for longitudinal assessment of disease. Quantitative assessment of muscle power is more difficult because a group of muscles is usually involved in the disease, and cannot really be assessed accurately. Handgrip strength can be measured by a myometer, and can be useful in patients with generalized muscle weakness involving the upper extremities. Merkies LSJ, Schmitz PIM, Samijn JPA (2000) Assessing grip strength in healthy individuals and patients with immune-mediated polyneuropathies. Muscle Nerve 23 1393-1401 Suarez GA, Chalk CH, Russel JW, et al (2001) Diagnostic...
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