Surface electromyography

involves recording of the electrical activity of the muscles. A dynamic surface EMG assessment involves computerized monitoring of the muscles at different sites simultaneously during movement or functional activities. This is a safe and fairly simple procedure that does not use needles, but rather sensors placed on the surface of the skin overlying the muscle groups to be assessed. The information gathered can often help the practitioner gain a better understanding of the patterns of neuromuscular functioning that may contribute to a person’s pain problem and provide guidance for treatment planning and implementation. Findings from the EMG assessment may often be used to determine specific goals for biofeedback training.