About the book
Electromyography (EMG) deals with the detection of the electrical signals produced by activated muscles. EMG detection can be achieved either by surface electrodes or by intramuscular (fine-wire) electrodes. It is a valuable technique in numerous clinical and biomedical applications. Electromyography requires, however, developed methods of detection, processing, and classification for the analysis of the EMG signal. Clinically, it is used for the diagnosis of neurological and neuromuscular problems, for assessing muscular deficiencies and muscular pain, disorders in the motor control system as well as for biofeedback and as an input signal for the activation of prosthetic and robotic devices. Some specific applications include muscle force estimation, monitoring of muscle fatigue, use in the rehabilitation and occupational settings, monitoring of pelvic muscles and use in EMG-based Biometrics and facial EMG. Electromyography research is widespread in research laboratories involved in neuromuscular and electrophysiology, biomechanics, kinesiology, movement disorders, motor control, postural control, and physical therapy.
This book aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the field of electromyography, from the muscle physiological and electrophysiological points of view, and of its clinical and biomedical applications.