Neuromuscular Physiology Lab

The University of British Columbia, Kelowna, British Columbia
Area(s) of Expertise

The ability to remain mobile is essential for maintaining functional independence and for the preservation of quality of life. Functional independence through movement is governed by the coordinated interaction of the nervous and muscular systems (neuromuscular). This facility has the capacity to assess and quantify the underlying neuromuscular as well as musculoskeletal aspects that generate movement. These measures can be undertaken in the lab as well as the field to evaluate work and home-life function. Interventions, such as exercise training and job place adaptations can also be assessed. Throughout all studies sex-specific changes and differences are evaluated as elucidation of these neuromuscular changes enable identification of the mechanisms which results in the higher incidence of functional decline in females.

What the facility does

The lab studies sex-related differences in aging and impact of these on work and life functional ability 

Research Services

Electromyographic signals (EMG), ultrasonography, indwelling EMG, motor unit activity, power, strength, , steadiness, functional ability, workplace effort and activity

Sectors of Application
  • Automotive
  • Education
  • Health care and social services
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function

Ultrasonography

GE Ultrasound

Specialized unit for recording musculoskeletal images

Motor Units

Neurology

High fidelity recordings of motor untis in humans

Force and Power

Biodex

Force and power measures across upper and lower limb muscles

Portable EMG

Biometrics

EMG measures outside laboratory during functional movements