mechanoreceptor


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mechanoreceptor

[¦mek·ə·nō·ri′sep·tər]
(physiology)
A receptor that provides the organism with information about such mechanical changes in the environment as movement, tension, and pressure.
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In addition to their olfactory role, antennae may also have gustatory, thermo-, hydro-, and mechanoreceptors (exterioreceptors and proprioreceptors) (Rani & Nakamuta 2001).
Articular reflexes at the ankle joint: an electromyographic study of normal and abnormal influences of ankle joint mechanoreceptors upon reflex activity in the leg muscles.
The scientists suggest that it may be a prototype for the wide variety of specialized mechanoreceptors in the body.
It is proposed that cutaneous mechanoreceptors are stimulated by the stretch upon KT application which conveys information regarding joint movement and position (Riemann and Lephart 2002).
Anatomical studies have identified encapsulated mechanoreceptors in the cervical facets that allow proprioceptive information from the cervical spine.
Feedback stimulation is the body's response to mechanoreceptor detection of changes in the external environment whereas feedforward stimulation is the response to anticipation of center of mass changes necessary to perform or respond to upcoming feedback stimulation (8, 9).
Its lead technology enhances the function of mechanoreceptor cells involved in sensory perception as a means of addressing complications resulting from diabetic neuropathy, restoring brain function following stroke, and improving elderly balance.
It has been proposed that these structures, since it do not have cuticular pores, have a mechanoreceptor function related to movements of the antenna (Keil 1999).
Balance deficits at ankle are commonly associated with mechanoreceptor damage in relation to the malposition of the fibula Hsieh et al.
By enhancing the function of mechanoreceptor cells involved in sensory perception, the company's devices increase "afferent signaling," the flow of neurological information that originates in the extremities and travels to the central nervous system.