Neuromuscular adaptation in experimental and clinical neck pain

Deborah Falla, Dario Farina

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The purpose of this brief review is to present evidence from experimental and clinical neck pain studies of pain-induced neuromuscular adaptations. It has been shown that clinical neck pain is associated with a substantial reorganization in the control strategies of cervical muscles during static and dynamic tasks. Experimental neck pain models allow local elicitation of nociceptive afferents, mimicking the sensory aspects of clinical pain, without major changes in muscle properties. These models may help understand the physiological mechanisms underlying the observations from clinical neck pain studies. The knowledge obtained from the interpretation of clinical findings with experimental pain models has relevance for the development of therapeutic interventions for the rehabilitation of patients with neck pain disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-61
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of electromyography and kinesiology : official journal of the International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


  • Adaptation, Physiological
  • Electromyography
  • Humans
  • Neck Muscles
  • Neck Pain
  • Nociceptors
  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review


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