For many different subject areas and fields of study, there is a need for both macro and micro type of representations of the human body. When it comes to studying human musculature, different instructors and different programs will require various features and options in the muscle models used in class.
The use of models displaying the muscles of the human body is required in anatomy courses and well in chiropractic, massage therapy, physical therapy and sports medicine classes. They may also be used in art classes, where students are required to become acquainted with the body forms to be able to provide more complete depictions.
Regardless of where the muscle models are to be used, there are several important options and features to consider before choosing the ideal model for the use.
Accuracy and Specific Detail
For complex muscle systems, such as those of the hand, foot, head or core of the body, smaller models that depict just that specific part of the body may be the most practical and beneficial. These types of models often provide details and allow for specific organs or layers to be removed.
There are also full sized or scaled down versions of whole body muscle models. These types of models provide a clear view of the topography of the muscles, with the figure often posed to allow for the complete muscular system of the entire body.
With these models, the muscles and fatty tissue are typically represented in natural coloration, and it may be possible to remove the various components of the body to see the part of the body underneath the muscle layer.
Other options in these models provide color coding of the various muscle groups. This is extremely helpful in helping students to locate the various superficial muscles and muscle groups quickly and without any ambiguity.