The use of percussor’s in the medical field has allowed doctors to test reflexes and check for chest congestion safely and effectively without the use of invasive procedures. Percussion, as a medical technique, was first discovered in 1754 by Leopold Auenbrugger. He developed this technique by watching his father tap on a keg to check the fluid level. He discovered that it could also be used on humans to check the congestion level of the heart and lungs as well as determine if reflexes were healthy.
The percussor and reflexes
The knee percussor looks like a little hammer with a rubber triangle for a head. It’s used to test your reflexes and make sure that the nerves that control your muscles are healthy. While you’re sitting up straight the doctor will tap the percussor on your knee with the rubber triangle to look for healthy reflexes. If all is well the knee will kick straight out.
Percussors and treatment of pain
The percussor is also used to break up scar tissue and fascial adhesions (fascia is the thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds and supports the muscles and inner organs of the body).Â With an excess of scar tissue or fascial restrictions it can be very painful to move certain body parts. The percussor, when used in rapid succession, is able to break up the tension and relieve the patient of pain and restricted movement.
Pneumatic percussors and lung disorders
A pneumatic percussor from a medical laser equipment provider is designed to break up mucus clogging in the lungs.A percussion device is strapped around the patientâ€™s chest and the rapid succession of movements from the percussor will break up the clogging in the lungs. When the patient begins to cough then the doctor knows that lung passages are beginning to clear.Â It is also a very well known treatment for cystic fibrosis in children. Along with nebulizers and air compressors a pneumatic percussor can unclog air passages as well as kill off bacteria that amass there.