What we’ll cover
  1. So how does this translate into practice for you and how does this work?
  2. When will your physiotherapist assess your strength?

How to measure strength

Strength, power, and weight transference are the fundamental aspects of movement which allow us to participate in the activities that we love. Whether it be working in the garden, walking around our neighborhood or participating in high intensity dynamic sports, we all require a degree of strength, power and weight transference to participate in these activities.  In this blog, our physiotherapist Michael highlights how our new technology AxIT precisely and accurately measure strength to assist with optimal physiotherapy treatment, rehabilitation and exercise.

As physiotherapists, we are constantly assessing and reassessing these factors in order to quantify imbalances and formulate goals which will allow you to be injury free and active. As such, we will be implementing the AxIT system developed by Strength By Numbers. The AxIT system is a measurement tool which uses force plates and dynamometers to assist us in accurately and repeatedly measuring your strength, power and weight transference during every day movements thus providing you with concise feedback as to where improvements can be made.

So how does this translate into practice for you and how does this work?

In the past, assessing strength and power has been difficult to objectively quantify and translate from physio to physio. Muscle strength has previously been subjectively quantified using manual muscle tests such as maximum resistances against an opposing force produced by the physio and functional movement tests such as squatting, hopping and jumping wherein we endeavour to measure your power and endurance. Whilst this is moderately reproducible with the same therapist, the reliability between physios is somewhat ambiguous.

The AxIT system removes all the guess-work associated with this process, condensing what has previously been a time consuming process into a succinct battery of tests. We are now able to accurately and objectively assess maximal strength, power generation and weight transference both statically and dynamically through the use of the Push-IT, Pull-IT and Stomp-IT tools.

For example, the system would allow us to test the maximum amount of kilograms you can bicep curl, compare the rate force production when hopping on your left versus your right leg or even assess the distribution of strength through your lower limbs when performing a deadlift exercise. Furthermore, the use of this system during post-operative rehabilitation will allow our physiotherapists to more accurately and frequently assess asymmetries between affected and non-affected sides to ensure adequate strength is restored and thus maximise overall function.

Moreover, with accurate measurements of maximal strength in kilograms, we will be able to more specifically program your exercises to reflect your capacity and thus stimulate improvements in muscular strength. For example, if you have an strength deficit in elbow flexion, we can assess your one repetition maximum (1RM) using the Pull-IT apparatus and thus program your exercise to reflect 60-80% of that 1RM for 10-12 reps which will provide the necessary stimulus to improve that strength deficit.

When will your physiotherapist assess your strength?

We can apply this technology to any presentation and provide you with your data from session to session so that you can understand and follow your progress with us, providing greater clarity and accuracy for both you and your physiotherapist.

Our physiotherapists are already using it to prevent a range of injuries including muscle strains such as hamstring strains as well as to ensure best practice with return to sport following ACL surgery.

To learn more, call our friendly team or book online today.

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Last week we were fortunate enough to head back to uni and refresh our anatomy knowledge at @latrobeuni in the anatomy labs. 

Thank you to the Latrobe School of Physiotherapy for inviting us! Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone.

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