Saturday, June 13, 2009

55 - Sherrington law of reciprocal innervation

During the initiation of an eye movement, increased innervation to an extraocular muscle is accompanied by simultaneous inhibition ( a reciprocal decrease in innervation ) of the direct antagonist of the contracting muscle of the same eye.
If the left medial rectus muscle receives innervational flow to initiate adduction of the left eye, there is simultaneous decreased and inhibitory flow to the left lateral rectus muscle to make it relax and enable the eyeball to move medially.

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