Use of surface electromyography to estimate neck muscle activity

J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2000 Dec;10(6):377-98. doi: 10.1016/s1050-6411(00)00033-x.


This paper reviews the literature concerning the use of surface electromyography (sEMG) for the study of the neck musculature in response to work and workplace design during light work and semi-static tasks. The paper also draws upon basic research and biomechanical modeling in order to provide methodological recommendations for the use of surface electromyography in this region of the body and to identify areas which require further investigation. The paper includes review and discussion of electrode site location, methods of normalization, data reliability, and factors that can affect sEMG signals from this region, including noise, physiologic artifact, stress, visual deficiencies, and pain. General guidance for maximum exertions with the neck musculature, for sEMG normalization or other purposes, is also included.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / physiopathology
  • Electrodes
  • Electromyography*
  • Humans
  • Neck Muscles / physiology*
  • Neck Muscles / physiopathology
  • Occupational Diseases / physiopathology