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A Study to Test Reflexes with Electrical Stimulation

(IRB#: IRB_00166846)

The purpose of this study is to compare reflexes (a muscle reaction in the body) electrically stimulated on the leg or arm and lower back. Electrical stimulation is when a safe stick-on patch is placed above the skin to help reduce pain. We want to see how reflexes change with age, in different muscles and electrically stimulated places. We also want to learn how comfortable the electrical stimulation is on the back by comparing two other different common ways used to treat pain. The study requires a 3.5-hour visit to a University of Utah clinic. During the visit, reflexes will be tested on the leg or arm and back in electrically stimulated places. Participants will be paid $45 for participation. The information we learn will guide us to develop an electrical stimulation method to treat pain and restore movement in the arms and legs.


  • All genders
  • Over 18 years old
  • Healthy Volunteers
  •   In Person
  • Paid

Who can participate?

 Gender: All genders

  Age: Over 18 years old

  Volunteers: Healthy Volunteers

   Location: In Person

Inclusion Criteria

  • Ages 18 to 80 years old
  • Attend a University of Utah clinic

Exclusion Criteria

  • History of stroke
  • Implanted stimulators and pulse generators
  • History of muscle or nerve impairments on the arms and/ or legs such as nerve damage, amputation (arm and/or leg is removed), diabetes, and spinal cord injury or diseases

Will I be paid for my time?


For more information contact:

Heidi Hansen

Email: NERVES_Lab@utah. edu


IRB#: IRB_00166846

PI: Ashley Dalrymple


Approval Date: 2023-07-20 06:00:00

Study Categories: Brain Health Studies

Specialties: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Last Updated: 6/8/23