Muscle strength is one of the basic building blocks of patient wellness, and, along with mobility, plays a key role in determining a patient's or subject's maximum functional ability. While most practitioners are familiar with the typical "manual resistance" test, some are still not yet aware of the benefits of quantifying and comparing actual force output from a subject's muscles and muscle groups.

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When purchasing a new product from an unfamiliar company, it can be difficult to know whether or not it will arrive as advertised, and perform its specified functions safely and effectively. Companies offer guarantees and testimonials, which can be valuable aids in making a decision, but ultimately, these remain tied to the company offering them. A strong Quality System backed by third-party auditing and recognized certification provides a more objective and reliable method by which a company can show its customers that it is dedicated to building safe and reliable products.

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Every job is unique, and so is every worker. The myriad possible variations that exist between worker ability and the demands of the job can often lead to workplace injuries, and can make it difficult to determine whether or not an injured worker can return to work.

In an attempt to close the gap between worker ability and the task at hand, clinicians investigate functional ability by asking questions such as how much can the worker lift? How often? And how high? But unless the clinician knows the details of the job, the patient's objective ability only results in a best-guess as to whether or not the worker can perform the job functions safely and effectively.

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