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New Research Suggests Nerve Massage Can Help Treat Hand Paralysis

Maritime workers, who frequently work at elevations, or on ladders, and are at risk of fall accidents, may be at risk of spinal cord injuries. One of the consequences of a spinal cord injury is paralysis of the hands and arms, and Houston maritime attorneys find that such injuries can leave a worker with limited mobility and movement in these limbs. A new study recently found that stimulation of the targeted nerve cells in the brain as well as the nerves in the wrist can help induce mobility and movement in the paralyzed hands and arms of a person who has suffered a spinal cord injury.

The results of the study were published recently in the journal Current Biology. The researchers focused on a group of 19 subjects, who had suffered a spinal cord injury. These people were subjected to a stimulation treatment, which included a combination of 2 types of stimulation. The first was a stimulation of the ulnar nerve in the wrist, while in the 2nd type of simulation, the researchers performed a transcranial magnetic stimulation of nerve cells in the brain.

The researchers found that after this treatment, the participants in the study were able to start moving their fingers. They were able to actually pick up small pegs, and move them using their hands.

The advantage of this kind of therapy is that it is noninvasive, which reduces the risk of the patient suffering from all kinds of side effects from the therapy. However, the study was only performed on 19 people, which means that this was a really small representative sample. Besides, the effect of the therapy only lasted for about 80 minutes. That doesn’t mean however that this technique cannot be successfully integrated into a rehab program for persons who have suffered from a spinal injury.

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