This portion acts only as a receptor. Only the end portion of the intrafusal fibers cancontract.
The discharge from the gamma motor neurons causes the contraction of the intrafusalfibers.
Types of Intrafusal Fibers
The muscle spindle is formed by two types of intrafusal fibers called:1.
Nuclear bag fiber 2.
Nuclear chain fiber.
1. Nuclear Bag Fiber
This has an enlarged central portion, which contain many nuclei. Hence, it is called thenuclear bag fiber.
2. Nuclear Chain Fiber
In this, the central portion is not bulged and the nuclei are arranged in the center in the form of a chain. The nuclear chain fiber is attached to the side of end portion of the nuclear bag fiber.
NERVE SUPPLY TO MUSCLE SPINDLE
The muscle spindle is innervated by both sensory and motor nerves.It is the only receptor in the body which has got motor nerve supply also.
i. Sensory Nerve Supply