We recently set up our brand new isokinetic testing and exercise equipment the HUMAC NORM. In this article, we’d like to talk about what this equipment does and the benefits it offers our patients!
What is it and what does it do?
This machine allows for isolated joint testing, thus eliminating any forms of compensation (your brain and body are awesome at subconsciously compensating!).
It is the most efficient and safest way to measure maximum joint function (strength, endurance, muscle control, etc).
The patient creates the resistance and the machine instantaneously adapts to
Isokinetic machines are able to utilize concentric and eccentric protocols for more specific training patterns. It is able to test individual muscle strength and compare it to your other extremity or compare it to normative date.
One of the biggest benefits of isokinetic exercise is safety. It provides the ultimate controlled environment with accommodating resistance (the patient generates their own resistance). It eliminates the need to overcome that initial moment of inertia. Inertia is when you start to move weight from a dead stop.
Isokinetic exercise is also safe for people with injuries. Because the resistance created is in response to the patient’s strength, it ensures that a patient can get the maximum benefit of strength training under the safest conditions .
Various velocities occur during functional activities and during sports – this machine allows you to train at various velocities due to
Data collection is another big benefit of this equipment. Since the machine is hooked up to a computer, it is able to collect and store object data. Using this data, we can visualize objective side by side comparisons of current data to previous data.
PT of Costa Rican National Soccer Team for 2007 World Cup in Victoria, CAN. Clinical Instructor for University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy Affiliations
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