Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Breann Lamborn


Biofeedback, Psychology; Electromyography; Occupational Therapy -- methods


Historical and current research studying EMG biofeedback has shown this method to be an effective adjunct to occupational therapy intervention. Utilizing EMG biofeedback has been shown through research as effective in improving functional gains. The use of biofeedback allows an individual to visualize unseen physiological processes which are unique to each individual and provide better understanding of otherwise unseen functions (Laurenção, Battistella, Moran de Britto, Tsukimoto, & Mayizaki, 2008). An extensive literature review and students’ observations of clinical occupational therapy practice led the investigators to conclude that EMG biofeedback was a viable treatment method which has not been utilized to the full potential. The purpose of the scholarly project was to determine the effectiveness of EMG biofeedback through research and develop a resource guide for occupational therapists interested in implementing this method into treatment in a rehabilitative setting. The product developed consisted of eight sections which were selected to provide an overview of EMG biofeedback information and pertinent resources to assist an individual in determining how this method could be implemented during occupation-based interventions.