Dr Edith Elgueta Cancino PT, MPhil, PhD

Dr Edith Elgueta Cancino

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Fellow

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Dr. Elgueta Cancino’s research utilizes non-invasive brain stimulation and electrophysiological techniques in combination with clinical assessments to understand how the brain controls the movement and the adaptions caused by musculoskeletal disorders and pain.


Msc Philosophy in Human Motor Control
PhD Philosophy


Dr. Edith Elgueta Cancino completed a MPhil on the developing of a clinical test to subgroup people with low back pain and motor control impairment. Then she completed a PhD exploring the changes in the organization of the motor cortex in people with chronic spinal pain and the relationships with motor control impairment. Both degrees at Clinical Centre for Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health in Australia. She moved to Aalborg University to study the changes in cortical organization induced by experimental pain on the neck muscles before taking up the post of research fellow in the Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain in Birmingham.

Postgraduate supervision

Edith will co-supervise a Pre-reg Masters Student this year and is looking forward to increasing her participation in supervision activities for the next year.


  • To understand how the brain controls the movement in musculoskeletal pathology.
  • To study how pain can influence or change the brain (cortical organization).
  • To identify factors that determine pain persistency and the potential underlying mechanisms.
  • To aid the development of prevention and rehabilitation programs for chronic musculoskeletal pain


  1. Elgueta-Cancino, E., Massé-Alarie, H., Schabrun, S. M., & Hodges, P. W. (2019). Electrical Stimulation of Back Muscles Does Not Prime the Corticospinal Pathway. Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface, 22(5), 555-563. doi:10.1111/ner.12978
  2. Elgueta-Cancino, E., Marinovic, W., Jull, G., & Hodges, P. W. (2019). Motor cortex representation of deep and superficial neck flexor muscles in individuals with and without neck pain. Human brain mapping, 40(9), 2759-2770. doi:10.1002/hbm.24558
  3. Elgueta-Cancino E, Schabrun S, Hodges P. Is the Organisation of the Primary Motor Cortex in Low Back Pain Related to Pain, Movement, and/or Sensation? The Clinical Journal of Pain. 2018;34(3):207-216.
  4. Weber T, Debuse D, Salomoni SE, et al. Trunk muscle activation during movement with a new exercise device for lumbo-pelvic reconditioning. Physiological Reports. 2017;5(6):e13188.
  5. Gatica-Rojas V, Méndez-Rebolledo G, Guzman-Muñoz E, et al. Does Nintendo Wii Balance Board improve standing balance? A randomized controlled trial in children with cerebral palsy. European journal of physical and rehabilitation medicine. 2017;53(4):535-544.
  6. Masse-Alarie H, Cancino EE, Schneider C, Hodges P. Paired-Pulse TMS and Fine-Wire Recordings Reveal Short-Interval Intracortical Inhibition and Facilitation of Deep Multifidus Muscle Fascicles. PloS one. 2016;11(8):e0159391
  7. Elgueta-Cancino, Edith; Schabrun, Siobhan; Danneels, Lieven; Van Den Hoorn, Wolbert; Hodges, Paul. Validation of a Clinical Test of Thoracolumbar Dissociation in Chronic Low Back Pain. Journal of orthopaedic & sports physical therapy, 2015. 45(9): p. 703-712.
  8. Schabrun, S., E. Elgueta-Cancino, and P. Hodges, Smudging of the Motor Cortex is related to the Severity of Low Back Pain. Spine, 2015.
  9. Elgueta-Cancino, Edith, Schabrun, Siobhan, Danneels, Lieven, Hodges, Paul. A clinical test of lumbopelvic control: Development and reliability of a clinical test of dissociation of lumbopelvic and thoracolumbar motion. Manual therapy, 2014. 19(5): p. 418-424.
  10. Schabrun, Siobhan M, Jones, Emma, Edith L Elgueta-Cancino, Hodges, Paul W. Targeting chronic recurrent low back pain from the top-down and the bottom-up: a combined transcranial direct current stimulation and peripheral electrical stimulation intervention. Brain stimulation, 2014. 7(3): p. 451-459.
  11. Gatica, VF.; Elgueta-Cancino, Edith L.; Vidal, C; Cantin, M. & Fuentealba, JA. Effectiveness of virtual reality as training of balance in geriatric population. Int. J. Morphol.,28:303-308,2010.
  12. Gatica, VF.; Elgueta-Cancino, Edith L. & Valdés, R. Effects of Sensory Stimuli on Postural Control: a Tetraplegic Case Report. Int. J. Morphol., 26(4):809-812, 2008