Req: Schematic for BASIC electromyogram (EMG) - biofeedback type device

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    Seems that it could be done with a handful of off-the-shelf parts. From browsing the group, I've seen where these are often
    class projects.

    Purpose - Determine specific muscle maximum output.
    Input- Standard skin electrodes.
    Output - LEDs preferred over sound.
    Requirement - no programmable chips.
    Application - I severed the median and ulnar nerves (and a bunch of other stuff) just above the elbow. After a couple surgeries,
    I've gained some motion in my thumb, and I'm trying to exerecise it to the max muscle activity level.
    I've used a commercial unit in the Occupational Therapy clinic, but it has a fancy LCD display with mmv readings, timers, etc.
    that I don't need.
    I visualize an output of a simple string of LEDs. If I remember correctly, the commercial unit displayed readings of 10 to 60
    mmv, depending on pad placement and fatigue level. With luck, this will increase, but I don't know what normal limits are, and
    don't expect to get anywhere near normal levels. Changing ranges would be a nifty.

    Seems it could be done with a power supply, amplifier, and LED driver chip, or maybe easier.
    Any suggestions?


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    Ken,
    Thanks for the links; I'll check them out. I googled for 2 days, obviously with the wrong key words, and all I could find were
    block diagrams and theory.
    As far as skills, that's changed a tad, which leads to my request. I've breadboarded a lot, and made enough basic one-sided
    circuit boards to be comfortable with the process.
    Now, I call whatever I do 'therapy', and often recruit family to hold things for a second. :)
    Yes, desire is 'cheaply' - crude, if need be. A simple gazinta / comesouta. On the lines of a science fair project would be
    adequate.
    Thanks, again.
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    Joe,

    The input circuitry for EMG is very similar to that used for
    EEG and ECG. Basicly a high CMMR, differental amplifier with
    a lot of gain. The difference is in the filtering, and what
    you do with the output. Though in EEG and ECG they are trying
    to filter out the muscle (noise) signal, that you want to
    use.

    I used to work in Biomedical Engineeing at the U of Minnesota
    Hospitals, but would have to dig to come up with a design
    from a "handfull of off-the-shelf parts"...for what I assume
    you want to do cheaply(?). What are your skills electronics?


    Try posting your request over on the newsgroup:

    sci.electronics.design

    and

    Google: EMG circuit schematic

    I got lots of good hits, including:

    http://mxp.physics.umn.edu/s02/Projects/Muscle/Project_Propos
    al.htm

    GO GOPHERS!

    This should do what you need for the front-end. Instead of
    sending the signal to a computer you could try driving an LED
    bar display:

    http://www.national.com/pf/LM/LM3914.html

    You may need to put some signal conditioning circuitry
    between the input and the display, but I'll leave it there
    for others to help.

    As my flight instructor used to say: "Do good work...and have
    fun"

    Ken Moffett
    Scientific Instrumentation
    Macalester College
     
    Guest, Feb 2, 2007
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