In this example, the upper trapezius are being compared to the lower trapezius. In left shoulder flexion the green line should be predominent and in right shoulder flexion there should be predominently an orange line. The left shoulder is indicative of "shrugging" shoulder motion and dysponetic muscle activity.
The right shoulder demonstrates a different form of dysponetic activity whereby there is excessive co-contraction of adjacent muscles not necessary for this movement.
Here we are looking for the recruiment of the right lower trapezius. At a quick glance The client engages both the the right lower trapezius and the left equally...which is dysponetic in itself. But a closer look at the data shows that the upper trapezius on average was "working" twice as hard as the lower trapezius. This dysfunctional pattern is also consistent with this client's wrist pain .... but is also seen in many headache patients.
We utilize Surface Eletromyography (sEMG) biofeedback
to help you train faster.
SEMG is a painless, non-invasive training modality that records how your muscles are functioning.
It helps you re-train your brain to
use your muscles efficiently.
It lets you "see"
If your muscles turn on
1. At the right time
2. With the right intensity
3. For the right duration
SEMG biofeedback is highly effective because a picture is worth a thousand words, and you can’t change what you don’t know and you can’t feel.
Faulty movement patterns are often dramatically altered after just ONE session with SEMG biofeedback.
Training focuses on correct muscle recruitment for the specific movement desired. Substitution patterns are eliminated.
Traditional Rehabilitation + More
Most people can’t initially “feel” their faulty movement patterns...
Biofeedback helps you “see” faulty timing and/or movement, until you are able to “feel “ it and correct it,
through our training.
SEMG helps bring our MSTS10 program to life.
It provides a "mirror" for you to see how your muscles are working.
WHY is this so important in your training?
Many people perform countless hours of exercises, drills and sport specifc skills, thinking they are working certain muscles; when in fact they are not . They are actually just reinforcing faulty movement patterns...If you keep moving the same way you will keep getting the same outcome. You need to re-train your brain and your muscles!!! ( ie. why go run a ton of sprints to improve your speed.. if every step is led by your back and not your legs????)
SEMG shows you if you are firing things in the right order.
The timing of muscle contractions is critical to developing power, speed and overall performance and reducing your odds of being injured. ALL the strengthening in the world will not fix a timing problem. In fact, it often makes things worse. Building a healthy movement foundation and than strengthening it is the way to go. SEMG makes sure you do that.
SEMG assures there is
You learn to use the right muscles,
at the right time, at the right intensity,
for the right amount of time
Some dysfunctional patterns include :
Using every muscle (plus the kitchen sink ) to get a simple movement done. This leads to many problems, as you can imagine and is highly inefficient. Believe it or not, most people are not aware they are doing this without biofeedback.
Using the wrong muscle to initiate the movement.
ie. Using your low back muscles to extend your hip (think moving leg backward as in walking , running) instead of your buttocks
and thigh muscles. Seen in stress fractures of the back, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis and other disorders.
Maintenance of chronic levels of tension in muscles even at rest. Muscles don't turn all the way off and rest. Seen in cumulative trauma disorders (coupled with other things)
Dysfunction occurring only at higher load levels, with fatigue or change of posture.
Normal movement patterns are noted until you introduce resistance, more repetitions or go from lying down to standing or sitting to standing etc.
On the left of this graph this
client fired every muscle equally as hard
vs. on the right where the correct prime
mover is used
A similar finding is seen here in lifting the left arm forward and than the right arm. The left shows a healthy pattern and the right shows EVERYBODY working, including the left shoulder to lift the right arm !!!
YES, this person has right shoulder pain!
Bridging is like a squat only on your back. The glutes (buttocks) should be leading the motion and
your back muscles are relatively quiet.
You should be good at this to climb stairs. You should be good at this if you need to change directions in your sport..
Or before you are squatting with heavy amount of weight on your back.. Unless you want a stress fracture .
WHY DOES EMG HELP YOU TRAIN FASTER THAN OTHER PROGRAMS???
BECAUSE YOU CAN'T CHANGE WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW
EMG LETS YOU SEE AND USE EXACTLY WHAT YOU THINK YOU ARE USING!!!
PERFORMING EXERCISES WITH THE WRONG MUSCLES JUST REINFORCES A FAULTY MOVEMENT AND OFTEN FEEDS THE PAIN CYCLE...
ie. IN MANY PROGRAMS CLIENTS ARE GIVEN GLUTE DRILLS BUT REALLY JUST WORK THEIR BACKS HARDER AND HARDER !!!