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11-12-2008, 02:23 AM
Thank you to all those who responded to my query.

The original posting and responses are listed below.

Natalie Vanicek
Lecturer in Biomechanics
Department of Sport, Health & Exercise Science
University of Hull
Tel: +44 (0)1482 466212
Fax: +44 (0)1482 465149
E-mail: N.Vanicek@hull.ac.uk

From: * Biomechanics and Movement Science listserver
[BIOMCH-L@NIC.SURFNET.NL] On Behalf Of Natalie K Vanicek
Sent: 03 November 2008 15:29
Subject: [BIOMCH-L] Manual muscle testing

We are looking to purchase equipment for manual muscle testing,
primarily for use with the elderly.

If anyone has any advice or feedback with regards to selecting the best
tool, we would be most grateful for their input.

Hi Natalie

Depends on joints you propose to test
I would consider Biometrics Ltd a Wales based company web

call me if you need more information

Kind regards

Hello Natalie,
Manual muscle testing is done just with your hands. It can be googled
from any online PT website.
However, reliable measures of strength can be obtained using a Biodex
isokinetic dynanmometer , load cell or at the least a hand-held
www. biodex.com

Hope this helps

Arun Jayaraman PT, PhD
Neuro-Locomotion Laboratory
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Northwestern University
345 E Superior St, Suite 1382A
Chicago IL 60611

The tool i have used and asked physio the best is : Microfet.



Please visit this link:
This shows the dynamometer we currently use in my lab (Commander) - we
find it suitable for
use in clinical and lab settings both for younger and elderly adults
alike. The thresholds on this device can be set according to the group
you are testing and it is portable and stores data for a set number of
readings before you stop and review (for example at the end of a testing
session you simply input the readings directly into Excel).
Only one problem has been found with this device - that is that it is
recommended to use good quality Duracell batteries or it can cause the
device to not function at its best.
We purchased via JTech Medical, however I believe if you purchase
through the USA it works out cheaper.

I hope that helps.

Kind Regards

Dr Chohan
Hi Natalie,
I have just finished working on a project looking at the validity and
reliability of a Lafayette MMT, we found that the best thing is to
stabilise the device to remove the effect of tester strength and have
the MMT connected to a computer in order to analyse the whole muscle
contraction, rather than the peak at any one point in time.
I hope that can of some help to you,
Best wishes
Keely Wilson
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