Project Details

Description

A basic premise underlying the proposed research is that after spinal
cord injury (SCI), the sensorimotor and perceptual capabilities of the
nervous system may be underestimated. The specific aims of the present
proposal are to identify sensorimotor and perceptual responses to
vaginal/cervical mechanoself-stimulation on (attenuation of pain and
spasticity, and elicitation of sexual responses) that are intact and
potentially functional in women with SCI, but that have gone unrecognized
and consequently under-utilized. The long-term objective of the proposed
research is to identify the actual capabilities of the nervous system
after SCI so that they can be utilized to the fullest extent and thereby
enrich the quality of life. The proposed research will ascertain whether in women with spinal cord
injury (SCI), vaginal and/or cervical mechano-self-stimulation is
effective in: 1. suppressing spasticity. It is hypothesized that the spasticity of SCI
will be suppressed by vaginal/cervical self-stimulation. 2. activating sexual responses. It is hypothesized that sexual response
will be elicited by cervical or other self-stimulation. Specifically,
this component will: a) test the hypothesis that in women with complete SCI as high as
T12, cervical self-stimulation can evoke sexual response via the
hypogastric nerve, which enters the spinal cord at T11-12. b) ascertain whether mechano-self-stimulation of the
hypersensitive zone at the level of SCI produces physiological
(autonomic) responses that correspond to the perceptual experience of
"orgasm." c) ascertain whether vaginal self-stimulation fails to evoke
sexual response at all levels of SCI. 3. suppressing neurogenic or experimental pain. It is hypothesized that
the pain of SCI will be suppressed by vaginal/cervical self-stimulation. The proposed research utilizes interdisciplinary basic research
methodology in identifying the capabilities of the nervous system after
SCI, with the objective of utilizing those capabilities to the fullest
extent in developing clinically useful therapeutic practices toward
enriching the quality of life.Description
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/30/921/31/96

Funding

  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health: $11,684.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $22,422.00

ASJC

  • Medicine(all)

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