EMG detection and processing for Event Detection

Neha Hooda, Neelesh Kumar
Biomedical Instrumentation Unit, CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh, India


The human body is composed of various types of cells fundamental for
the life. One of these is the myocyte, found in muscle tissues present in
most of the living beings. These tissues have the ability to extend or
contract based upon the neural stimuli they receive from the brain.
Muscle tissues perform both the functions i.e. involuntary movement of
internal body organs and voluntary production of external force or
motion. They are responsible for hand movement and grasping, postural
control as well as locomotion. Three types of muscle tissues are
identified in humans named: cardiac muscle, smooth muscle and skeletal
The skeletal muscle tissue is attached to the bone and is the one supplied
with neuronal impulses to generate contractions responsible for skeletal
movement. These are the only type of muscle that come under voluntary
control and hence used for movement detection and processing.
The skeletal muscle tissue is attached to
the bone and its contraction is responsible for supporting
and moving the skeleton. The contraction of skeletal
muscle is initiated by impulses in the neurons to the
muscle and is usually under voluntary control. Skeletal
muscle fibers are well-supplied with neurons for its
contraction. This particular type of neuron is called a
“motor neuron” and it approaches close to muscle tissue,
but is not actually connected to it. One motor neuron
usually supplies stimulation to many muscle fibers.

The development of EMG started as early as 1666 when Francesco Redi’s documented the electricity generation by
the specialized muscle of the electric ray fish. As the research progressed, Dubios-Raymond discovered the
possibility of recording electrical activity during a voluntary muscle contraction in 1849 but the actual acquisition
was not done until the end of 19th century. Marey in 1890 introduced the term electromyography abbreviated EMG

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