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Operant Conditioning of the Soleus Stretch Reflex in People with Spastic Cerebral Palsy

In-Progress / Currently Recruiting Participants

What do we do?

We are using a leg reflex training program to hopefully decrease muscle spasticity in the affect calf muscles of adults with spastic cerebral palsy. We are studying whether this reflex training will reduce the amount of spasticity found in the leg muscles, without making the muscles weaker.

What should I expect?

We will do up to 6 pre-testing sessions to make sure you are a good fit for our study and to collect baseline data. Next, we will do 30 sessions, which will be 3 times a week for 10 weeks, and each session will be 60-90 minutes long. You will receive compensation for each session. During the session, we will be stimulating the reflex in your knee in order to try and “down-condition”, or lower, the spasticity activity in your leg.


  • Pre-study testing and data collection
  • 30 sessions, to be spread out 3 times a week for 10 weeks
  • Post-study testing and data collection

How Much Does It Cost?


Participant will receive $25 per session completed


Age Range: 
18 Years and Older
Both (Male and Female)
Inclusion Criteria: 

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following requirements:

  • Diagnosis of unilateral spastic cerebral palsy/Hemiplegia
  • No major health issues other than CP
  • Not currently receiving botox injections, for 2 months prior to enrolling in the study

Trial Identifier: 
Cerebral Palsy

Study Locations

Burke Neurological Institute
785 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605