As the world's average population age increases due to medical advances, the risk of age-related disorders, such as stroke, also increases. Stroke often leads to a semiparalysis of one side of the body called hemiparesis. This semiparalysis restricts individuals from performing activities of daily living without assistance.

In order to reduce the socio-economic impacts due to stroke, multiple rehabilitation or facilitation exercises have been developed. One such exercise that has shown statistically significant motor control improvements with hemiparesis individuals is the repetitive facilitation exercise (RFE) [1]. This rehabilitation method is believed to combine a descending neural signal, from an individual's intended motor movement, with the descending component of the long latency response from a stretch reflex [2]. The repetition of this exercise assists with the reorganization of neural pathways, aiding with the rehabilitation of hemiparesis individuals. To better understand the mechanisms...

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