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Biofeedback. Biofeedback. A therapeutic procedure which uses electronic or electromechanical instruments to accurately measure, process, and feedback reinforcing information via auditory or visual signals

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Biofeedback
  • A therapeutic procedure which uses electronic or electromechanical instruments to accurately measure, process, and feedback reinforcing information via auditory or visual signals
  • Used to help patient develop greater voluntary control of either neuromuscular relaxation or muscle re-education following injury
role of biofeedback
Role of Biofeedback
  • Feedback includes information related to the sensations associated with movement itself as well as information related to the result of the action relative to some goal or objective
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Role of Biofeedback
  • Feedback refers to intrinsic information inherent to movement including kinesthetic, visual, cutaneous, vestibular, and auditory signals collectively termed as response produced feedback
  • Also refers to extrinsic information or some knowledge of results presented verbally, mechanically, or electronically to indicate the outcome of some movement performance
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Role of Biofeedback
  • Feedback is ongoing, in a temporal sense, occuring before, during, and after any motor or movement task
  • Feedback from some measuring instrument which provides moment to moment information about a biologic function is referred to as biofeedback
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Role of Biofeedback
  • Provides patient with a chance to make correct small changes in performance which are immediately noted and rewarded so that eventually larger changes or improvements in performance can be accomplished
  • Goal is to train patient to perceive changes without the use of a measuring instrument so that they can practice by themselves
biofeedback instrumentation
Biofeedback Instrumentation
  • Designed to monitor some physiologic event, objectively quantify these monitorings, and interpret the measurements
  • Biofeedback units cannot directly measure a physiologic event but they record some aspect which is highly correlated with the physiologic event
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Biofeedback Instrumentation
  • Biofeedback reading gives an indication of a physiological process but should not be confused with the physiological process itself
biofeedback instruments
Biofeedback Instruments
  • Peripheral skin temperatures measures the extent of vasoconstriction or vasodilation
  • Finger phototransmission units (photoplethysmograph) measures vasoconstriction and vasodilation
  • Units that record skin conductance activity indicating sweat gland activity
  • Units that measure electromyographic activity (EMG)indicating amount of electrical activity during muscle contraction
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EMG Biofeedback
  • Nerve fiber conducts an impulse to the neuro- muscular junction where acetylcholine binds to receptor sites on the sarcolemma inducing a depolarization of the muscle fiber which creates movement of ions and thus an electrochemical gradient around the muscle fiber
  • Changes in potential difference or voltage associated with depolarization can be detected by an electrode placed in close proximity
measuring electrical activity
Measuring Electrical Activity
  • EMG does not measure muscle contraction directly
  • EMG measures electrical activity associated with muscle contraction
  • Electrical activity of muscle measured in microvolts (1 volt=1,000,000 µV)
  • EMG readings can be compared only when the same equipment is used for all readings
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Measuring Electrical Activity
  • EMG biofeedback unit receives small amounts of electrical energy generated during muscle contraction through electrode
  • Separates or filters electrical energy from other extraneous electrical activity on skin and amplifies the EMG electrical energy
  • Amplified EMG activity is then converted to some type of information which has meaning to the patient
emg electrodes
EMG Electrodes
  • Skin surface electrodes most common while indwelling electrodes are not practical
  • Electrodes made of stainless steel or nickel- platted brass recessed in a plastic holder
  • Some electrodes permanently attach to cable wires while others may snap onto the wire
  • Some units include a set of three electrodes preplaced on a velcro band which attachesto the skin
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EMG Electrodes
  • Size of electrodes ranges between 4mm in diameter for recording small muscle activity and 12.5 mm for larger muscles
  • Increasing the size of the electrode will not cause an increase in the amplitude of the signal
  • Electrodes may be disposable or non-disposable and require some type of conducting gel
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EMG Electrode Placement
  • Skin must be appropriately prepared by scrubbing with an alcohol-soaked prep pad
  • Electrodes should be placed as near to the muscle being monitored as possible
  • Electrodes should be parallel to the direction of the muscle fibers
  • Spacing of the electrodes is critical to reduce extraneous electrical activity (noise)
separation and amplification of emg activity
Separation and Amplification of EMG Activity
  • Electrode arrangement must eliminate noise
  • 2 active electrodes and 1 reference electrode
  • Active electrodes pick up electrical activity from motor units firing in the muscles beneath the electrodes
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Separation and Amplification of EMG Activity
  • Magnitude of the small voltages detected by each active electrode will differ with respect to the reference electrode creating two separate signals
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Separation and Amplification of EMG Activity
  • Two signals are fed to a differential amplifierwhich subtracts the signal from one active electrode from the other active electrode
  • Differential amplifier uses reference electrode to compare the signals of the two active electrodes
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Separation and Amplification of EMG Activity
  • This in effect cancels out or rejects any components that the two signals coming from the active electrodes have in common thus amplifying the difference between the signals
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Separation and Amplification of EMG Activity
  • Ability of the differential amplifier to eliminate the common noise between active electrodes is called the common mode rejection ratio (CMRR)
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Separation and Amplification of EMG Activity
  • External noise can be reduced by using filterswhich make amplifier sensitive to some incoming frequencies and less sensitive to others
  • Amplifier will pick up signals only at bandwidth produced by electrical activity in the muscle
converting emg activity to meaningful information
Converting EMG Activity to Meaningful Information
  • After amplification and filtering the EMG signal indicates true electrical or raw EMG activity in muscle
  • Raw EMG is an alternating voltage - direction or polarity is constantly reversing
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Converting EMG Activity to Meaningful Information
  • To determine the overall increase and decrease in electrical activity deflection toward the negative pole must be flipped upward toward the positive pole
  • This summation of electrical activity is referred to asrectification
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Converting EMG Activity to Meaningful Information
  • Once rectified EMG signal can be smoothed to eliminate the peaks and valleys or high frequency fluctuations which are produced with a changing electrical signal
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Converting EMG Activity to Meaningful Information
  • Once smoothed the signal may be integrated by measuring the area under the curve for a specified period of time
  • Integration forms the basis for quantification of EMG activity.
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Converting EMG Activity to Meaningful Information
  • Biofeedback units generally provide either visual or auditory feedback relative to the quantity of electrical activity
  • Visual feedback uses lights, bars, or analogue or digital meters
  • Auditory feedback uses increasing or decreasing tones, buzzing, beeping or clicking.
setting sensitivity
Setting Sensitivity
  • Signal sensitivity orsignal gain may be set
  • Sensitivity may be set at 1 µV, 10 µV, or 100 µV
  • A high signal gain means the biofeedback unit is sensitive enough to detect the smallest amounts of electrical activity
    • High sensitivity levels should be used during relaxation training
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Setting Sensitivity
  • Low sensitivity gain should be used in muscle-reeducation during which the athlete may produce several hundred µV of EMG activity
  • When adjusting the sensitivity range it should be set at the lowest level that does not elicit feedback at rest
clinical applications
Clinical Applications
  • Muscle Re-education
    • Involves regaining neuromuscular control and/or increasing strength of a muscle
  • Relaxation of muscle spasm or muscle guarding
  • Pain reduction