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José Marques (Physiotherapist) . 08/09/2016

Biofeedback allows users access to an important information about how their movement is being performed.

This data is usually obtained by the visual info of a mirror or auditory info registered by a physiotherapist but its interpretation is subjective since it depends on each one’s experience and knowledge.

The Electromyographic Biofeedback therapy overcomes this issue, measuring electrical activity of intended muscles, assuring each movement is performed in accordance with the predefined goal. Two electrodes are placed in each muscle and broadcast data to a tablet that delivers the information to the patient. The physiotherapist defines the parameters of each movement (activation thresholds), customized for each patient, which will guide the proposed exercise.

In recent scientific literature, the use of Electromyographic Biofeedback has proven more effectiveness in muscular activation during shoulder or knee exercises, as well as in faster pain relief with consequent improvement of quality of life for patients.

Electromyographic Biofeedback may be used both by high competition athletes and patients that resort to the services of Joaquim Chaves Saúde Sports Medicine Unit.

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