HANDHELD DYNAMOMETERS AND MANUAL MUSCLE TESTING
Monitoring muscle strength is one of the ways as a physiotherapist, we can objectively assess overall health. This fantastic held gadget can objectively measure your muscle strength in most major joints.
What Muscle Actions Are Used for Muscle Testing?
- Wrist extension
- Elbow Flexion
- Elbow Extension
- Shoulder Lateral Rotation
- Shoulder Extension
- Shoulder Abduction
- Ankle Dorsiflexion
- Knee Extension
- Hip Flexion
- Hip Abduction
- Baseline muscle strength
- Injury prevention
- Screening tool
- Identify changes in a person’s normal
- Left/right comparisons
- Tracking rehabilitative progress
Handheld digital dynamometers are one of the most objective and consistent tools to use when muscle testing. Research has shown that handheld dynamometers are superior in providing reliable results with both single testers and multiple testers over the course of multiple tests. Put simply, when performing handheld dynamometer strength testing, the results are trustworthy whether a patient is being tested by one practitioner or varied professionals. It is an objective measure which is recordable and repeatable.
We have this tool at the clinic and use it on a regular basis within treatment consultation. If you are interested or have any questions please let me know.
Kylie is a New Zealand trained physiotherapist, with extensive experience in sports injuries, orthopaedic rehabilitation, manual therapy and dry needling. She also holds an addition Postgraduate Certificate and Masters in Physiotherapy.