The dynamometer and inclinometer are instruments often combined that measure force and angle of inclination
Dynamometer and inclinometermachinery
The dynamometer is widely used in sports medicine, especially to determine an athlete’s strength, but its primary function lies in the physical and mechanical field. The dynamometer measures the weight force of an object and can be calibrated in kg or Newton. It usually consists of an elastic spring made of steel or bronze, a graduated scale placed in the direction of the spring’s deformation and a hook from which to hang the object to be weighed. The type of material must allow the spring to be stretched, compressed or deformed depending on the weight force used. Dynamometers use Hooke’s physical law, according to which the deformation of an elastic material is directly proportional to the force exerted on it.
The inclinometer, on the other hand, is an instrument used to measure the inclination of a body. It usually consists of a fixed part and a moving part.
These two instruments cannot be used at the same time: either the dynamometer or the inclinometer function can be used.
In rehabilitation physiotherapy, the isokinetic technique is used. It allows a group of muscles to perform a number of constant contractions while their force is being measure by a device such the Activforce 2 model on our site.
This type of instrument combines the functions of a dynamometer with those of an inclinometer. It is a state-of-the-art technology that collects and records objective data in real time to improve efficiency and ensure better results over time. The aim is to work on arms, legs and shoulders to help patients regain muscle strength.
The combination of these two tools allows specialists to achieve better results by creating and prescribing recovery programmes supported by precise data. The instrumentation calculates:
It also gives:
This allows the monitoring of neuromuscular control with precise and definitive biofeedback.
The uses of the dynamometer and inclinometer are numerous in the physiotherapy field, especially in the case of pulley injuries, but also just to restore muscle strength following surgery.