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Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Improves Neurorehabilitation of Task-Specific Dystonia: A Pilot Study

Jaume Rosset-Llobet, Sílvia Fàbregas-Molas, Álvaro Pascual-Leone
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 29 Number 1: Page 16 (March 2014)

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Abstract: Sensory-motor retuning (SMR) can help the symptoms of task-specific focal hand dystonia. However, effects vary across patients and take many sessions. Here, we present proof of principle evidence that transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can enhance these effects. We compared the effects of a combined tDCS-SMR protocol (n=4 patients) with the efficacy of SMR alone (n=30 patients). All 4 patients treated with the combined protocol showed greater improvement than those undergoing SMR alone. Results encourage a larger, parallel-group clinical trial with sham tDCS control.
https://doi.org/10.21091/mppa.2014.1004

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