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    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
    HU6 7RX
    Tel: +44 (0)1482 466212
    Fax: +44 (0)1482 465149

    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

    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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