Surface EMG

What is Surface EMG?

Surface ElectroMyography (EMG) is used to retrain proper activation of various muscles groups to fix compensations. Pain causes your body to compensate but overtime that compensation becomes the norm and your body will adapt to this improper movement pattern.

For example, someone who limps due to pain might continue to limp, without realizing it, after the pain has disappeared. That improper compensation, or new norm, will create issues in the future such as new or recurring injuries. This is how you get labeled as injury prone or re-injure yourself without any trauma.

Our physios focus a lot on retraining your proper muscles. Fixing these issues requires a lot of dedication, especially from you (the patient), and is contingent on your willingness and persistence.

How does Surface EMG work?

During the procedure, a device – with electrodes and a sensor – is affixed to your skin. When your muscles move, the electrodes pick up the signal which is transmitted through the device and then into a computer for analysis. Using this information, we can see how your affected muscle groups compensate to different movements and positions. This allows us to help you retrain your muscles to fix improper movements and prevent re-injury.

What can Surface EMG be specifically used for?

Surface EMG is used for physical therapy, urology, biomechanics, and ergonomics. It is also clinically used for biofeedback, muscle relaxation and retraining, and treatment of incontinence.

Contact Manual Works today to learn more about our Surface EMG treatments or to schedule your appointment!

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