EMG Feedback Strategies in Rehabilitation of Neuromuscular Disorders

  • Gary DeBacher
  • John V. Basmajian
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 2)


One of the most promising areas of application of electromyographic (EMG) biofeedback is in rehabilitation of neuromuscular disorders. In this context EMG biofeedback training falls into a category which rehabilitative specialists call neuromuscular education. Regardless of the condition being treated, neuromuscular education has three basic aims. Abnormal muscle activity (spasticity, athetoid movements, tremor, spasms, etc.) must be reduced. Useful strength and control must be restored in weak or paralyzed muscles and inappropriate movement patterns wherein muscles hinder one another or participate in primitive reflex patterns must be replaced by normal synergy.


Cerebral Palsy Motor Unit Neuromuscular Disorder Single Motor Unit Spastic Muscle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gary DeBacher
    • 1
  • John V. Basmajian
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation MedicineEmory UniversityUSA

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