Bortec EMG - Surface electrodes are attached to the patient's legs to measure muscle electrical activity.
4 & 8 Channel EMG
Surface electromyography measures the muscle electrical activity using surface electrodes. This provides information on how a muscle contributes to movements or how movement is affected by injury or pain. In addition to several Bortec Octopus systems, the new 4 & 8 channel Noraxon systems provide more flexibility in combining EMG with other sensors, such as inclinometers and electro-goniometers.
The K4b2 is a portable exercise testing system that can monitor cardio-respiratory function during physical activities. It can measure energy expenditure during activities or rest and is therefore applicable in a range of specialist areas within physiotherapy. As a portable system, it allows data to be collected either within a laboratory, clinical or home setting.
Diasus Ultrasound equipment
Artinis Near Infra-red Spectroscopy (NIRS)
Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) is still a relatively new tool for assessing the oxygenation status and haemodynamics of muscle. This non-invasive equipment relies on the transparency of tissue and the light absorbing characteristics of haemoglobin to be able to measure changes in haemoglobin concentration for instance in response to contractions. It can be used to estimate blood flow and oxygen consumption by using venous and/or arterial occlusion.
The Diasus® Ultrasound is used to image the musculo-skeletal anatomy for instance to study the dimensions of muscles and tendons or the changes occurring in these structures during a contraction. Phenomena such as muscle atrophy frequently occur with an injury and can therefore be studied non-invasively using this equipment.
The Neurothesiometer is used to assess and determine sensation of the skin by testing vibration sensitivity thresholds at selected sites on the body. This is particularly useful for assessing conditions such as diabetic neuropathy, where the sensation in the feet dramatically decreases (as compared to a healthy person).