In the symphony of neuromotor performance, the muscles are the powerful woodwinds, the ligaments are the essential string section, and the central nervous system both writes and conducts the performance. Electromyography (EMG) has provided the platform and technology in the past half century to bring appreciation of the superb functions of all the parts of the healthy body in concert. This broad “review” provides vignettes of many aspects of motor controls in the upper and lower limbs explored with EMG by the author and his students.
John Y. Basmajian is with the Chedoke-McMaster Rehabilitation Centre, Box 2000, Hamilton, ON Canada L8N 3Z5. Dr. Basmajian is also professor emeritus at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON Canada.