Adaptation of postural control to perturbations--a process that initiates long-term motor memory

Gait Posture. 2002 Feb;15(1):75-82. doi: 10.1016/s0966-6362(01)00175-8.


The objective was to investigate postural control adaptation during daily repeated posturography with vibratory calf stimulation. The posturography was performed with eyes open and closed daily for 5 days and after 90 days on 12 healthy subjects. The postural control adaptation could be described as two separate processes, a rapid adaptation during the test progress and a long-term habituation between consecutive test days. The adaptive improvements gained during the 5 days consecutive testing, largely remained 90 days later but seemed restricted to the same test situation. The findings suggest that balance rehabilitation should include a variety of repeated exercises, which are sufficiently long to induce habituation.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological / physiology*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leg
  • Male
  • Motor Skills
  • Muscle, Skeletal / physiology
  • Postural Balance / physiology*
  • Posture / physiology*
  • Regression Analysis
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Torque
  • Vibration