Q: " How does it work and how do you use it?"- Michelle
Answer: From the MDF website:" The MDF Babinski
Hammer is the instrument of choice by neurologists. Named after the French Neurologist, Joseph Francois Babinski, and best known for the "toe phenomenon". This diagnostic instrument is also often referred to as the Rabiner. MDF has modified the hammer to incorporate modern design and functionality for eliciting myotatic and plantar response with less effort and greater patient comfort.
Handle: The weighted chrome-plated brass handle is precisely balanced for increased control of force in the percussion. The sand brushed hexagon handle is also designed with a pointed tip used as an additional stimulus for cutaneous reflexes. Head: The swivel thermo-plastic-rubber head is crowned with chrome-plated brass disc that enables usage of the head in both the perpendicular and parallel positions to the shaft. The flexibility provides greater effectiveness in eliciting myotatic reflex involving ankle, knee, abdomen, forearm, biceps and triceps. "
In other words, this is a reflex hammer, a medical instrument used by physicians to test deep reflexes. Testing for reflexes is an important part of the neurological physical examination in order to detect abnormalities in the central or peripheral nervous system. Reflex hammers can also be used for chest percussion. Go the Wikipedia for lots more information.
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