Kiio Inc. was initially founded on the idea that progressive variable resistance is superior to free weights and large bulky machines as a therapeutic and fitness exercise approach. Resistance cables offer greater safety, lower cost, greater time-efficiency, portability, and a higher potential to increase actual muscle strength. We believe that functional exercise is the future, and that the full potential of dynamic progressive variable resistance has yet to be unleashed.
Physical Therapists treat physical dysfunction or injury by employing therapeutic exercise and the application of various modalities, with the goal of restoring or facilitating normal function or development. A primary component of Physical Therapy is assessment of the patient prior to physical intervention, and periodic reassessment to evaluate progress throughout treatment. The most common method of assessment utilizes Manual Muscle Testing.
Manual Muscle Testing (MMT) is a procedure for the evaluation of the function and strength of individual muscles and muscle groups based on the effective performance of a movement in relation to the forces of gravity and manual resistance. Most MMT is performed with direct contact, with the Physical Therapist providing the resistance. A common example is a patient pushing against a therapist’s hand or arm. The main advantage of MMT is that it has the potential to evaluate muscle strength, range of motion, and point of pain without overstraining or reinjuring the patient.
However, MMT is not only combative with the patient, it is also completely subjective, and it only results in a single data point on a very limited scale correlating to the therapist’s perception of maximum force. In summary, MMT is imprecise and more of an art than a science.
The kiio Sensor was designed to advance the state of the art in clinical assessment and therapeutic exercise evaluation. It replaces a single, subjective, manual rating with comprehensive objective force measurements over time. The kiio Sensor is designed to be small, light, portable, accurate, and easy to use. It integrates with kiio FLEX software, together creating a comprehensive clinical solution to benefit patients, therapists, and clinics.
kiio Sensor: from art to science